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Paper: Thousands in Finland affected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Every year nearly 4,000 women and 1,000 men in Finland are diagnosed with urinary tract infections caused by drug-resistant E. coli bacteria.

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“Slightly less than three percent of urinary tract infections suffered by women and fully six percent of male cases are caused by a multi-resistant form of ESBL bacteria,” medical director of the Turku University central hospital Antti Hakanen told the syndicated Sunday newspaper supplement Sunnuntaisuomalainen.

E. coli is the most common cause of urinary tract infections, and its drug-resistant forms are on the rise.

Physicians in Finland have been turning to broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat drug-resistant organisms.

”These drugs may cause patients to suffer more side effects,” Hakanen explained.

Overall, Finland’s antibiotic resistance situation is good in relation to the rest of the world, according to Hakanen. ”However antimicrobial resistance is a worldwide problem that’s growing in Finland slowly but surely.”

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