How war is spreading drug resistant superbugs across Ukraine and beyond

Fifteen year old Ana lost her family to a Russian rocket strike. She survived the attack, but ultimately lost her life to an invisible enemy: drug resistant bacteria.When rockets fell from the sky on her home in eastern Ukraine—not far from the frontline—Ana was critically wounded and taken to a local hospital. Samples from her wounds were sent to the laboratory for culturing and an infection of a multidrug resistant strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria was found.Ana, whose name has been changed for privacy, was suffering from severe bleeding and shrapnel injuries—penetrating pelvic injuries and extreme soft tissue damage to the right thigh. “You can’t imagine the trauma. It was like half of her thigh was just broken,” Denis Surkov, one of the doctors who treated her, describes. The infection spread and sepsis set in. Soon, Ana would experience multiple organ failure, and spend six weeks in an intensive care…
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