Keeping a close eye on returned travellers

Be prepared for an onslaught of drug resistant bacteria as more patients arrive from overseas carrying the organisms, infectious disease experts warn.

Multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria may not yet be endemic in Australia, but experts predict the status quo is unlikely to last much longer with many of these organisms and their resistance mechanisms set to spread locally.

Infectious Diseases physician Dr Benjamin Howden recently highlighted the significant effort needed to treat repatriated patients in Australian hospitals.

Reviewing hospital