Study: Vietnam hospitals a hotspot of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Vietnamese hospitals are teeming with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the chances of infection rise with a patient’s length of stay, a study found. The study concluded that there was an epidemic spread of multiresistant intestinal bacteria in Vietnamese hospitals with rapid transmission to patients.

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Vietnam has been attributed to the country’s increased antibiotics sale in recent years. Indiscriminate, unnecessary prescriptions and use of antibiotics are partly to blame, experts said at a health conference in Hanoi last year.

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Phan Anh