Three Canadian soldiers sick with superbug

Aug. 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Three Canadian soldiers are hospitalized in isolation in Quebec City after returning from Afghanistan with a drug-resistant bacteria, officials said.

The unidentified men are all in stable condition and were hospitalized because of undisclosed injuries or other conditions, hospital spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis told the Canwest News Service.

"There is nothing to be worried about and this bacteria does not pose a threat for the population," she said.

The so-called superbug is Acinetobacter Baumannii, which is resistant to most antibiotics, the report said.

Dupuis said as many as 40 percent of soldiers returning from the NATO mission in Afghanistan carry the bacteria, and it's commonly spread in field hospitals, resulting in pneumonia.

The three soldiers are allowed to have family visits, but are being kept in isolation to protect other patients with burns or open wounds, Dupuis said.

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