Record number of people were hit by dangerous superbug last year

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The number of new patients found with the dangerous superbug CPE has reached the highest level to date according to the Department of Health.

Patients identified with CPE have been increasing year-on-year, rising to 537 in 2018. Last year’s figures are set to break records once more with over 660 new patients already identified by November, according to the latest figures just released.

“While the number of newly-diagnosed CPE patients has increased in 2019 over previous years, this is in the context of substantially increased screening activity over the past year,” according to a spokesperson from the Department of Health.

-Noah Harte