Rare case prompts GP alert on nosocomial bacterial infection

A CASE of rare bacterial infection in an Australian open cardiac surgery patient has prompted health authorities to alert GPs that other cases might emerge, although the risk is low.

Concern about Mycobacterium chimaera linked to surgical heater-cooler units manufactured by the German Sorin group goes back to about 2012 internationally, with at least 50 patients worldwide known to have been infected.

Now Australia is thought to have at least one case of M. chimaera infection, doctors are being warned that exposed patients can develop serious infections up to five years