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‘Europe in the grip of drug-resistant superbugs’

SUPERBUGS capable of evading even the most powerful antibiotics are increasing their grip in Europe with rates of drug resistance in one type of bacteria reaching more than 50 per cent in the worst-hit countries, including Cyprus, European health officials said yesterday.

In a report on multi-drug resistant bacteria, or so-called superbugs, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which monitors disease across the European Union, said the need to combat resistance was “critical”.

“We need to declare a war — a war against these bacteria,” the ECDC’s director Marc Sprenger told Reuters in an interview about the report.

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