17 November 2016

World travellers often import multidrug-resistant intestinal bacteria

People who travel to distant destinations often import multidrug-resistant intestinal bacteria known as ESBL-producing bacteria, which are resistant to common antibiotics. These were the results of the COMBAT study conducted by Maastricht University/Maastricht UMC+, Ease Travel Clinic & Health Support, Erasmus MC and Travel Clinic Havenziekenhuis in Rotterdam, and the AMC and Tropencentrum AMC in Amsterdam.  As part of this study, the researchers also collaborated with Utrecht University. The results were recently published in the leading scientific journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.