There were 972 cases of carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) detected in Hong Kong last year. Photo: Handout

Hong Kong cases of ‘public enemy No 1’ superbug more than double in 2018, prompting Hospital Authority to unveil five-point plan to halt the spread

  • CPE bug detected in patients 972 times last year, up from 473 in 2017
  • Authorities believe the superbug was locally transmitted and in response have stepped up the speed of detection and isolation in hospitals
Topic |   Hong Kong health care and hospitals

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There were 972 cases of carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) detected in Hong Kong last year. Photo: Handout
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Dr Ho Pak-leung is HKU’s associate microbiology professor and who sits on the Centre for Health Protection’s committee on antimicrobial resistance. Photo: Edward Wong

Crowded hospitals to blame for surge in cases of superbug CPE, says top Hong Kong doctor

  • Dr Ho Pak-leung says elderly worst affected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria
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Dr Ho Pak-leung is HKU’s associate microbiology professor and who sits on the Centre for Health Protection’s committee on antimicrobial resistance. Photo: Edward Wong
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