Research has found that between 10% and 14% of those who are infected with the drug-resistant form of E-coli die within 30 days of catching the bug, which would suggest 3,000-4,200 deaths. This would be double the number of deaths from MRSA.
Unlike traditional forms of E-coli, the drug-resistant strain Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lacta-mase (ESBL) affects healthy young adults as well as the elderly. Doctors say the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the government body responsible for protecting the public from infections, has failed to recognise the scale of the problem and needs to do more to control the spread of the bacteria."
Fingers crossed, I am now emerging from ESBL's dark pit of despond and this blog has not met a premature and unplanned end even though, to my horror, it seems that ESBL has been directly responsible for many deaths over the last two or three years. Before this, the particular ecoli strain that attacked me had never been seen. I'm so much looking forward to going out for walks, doing some real physical work, escaping from the TV, living with zest again.