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ESBL Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase)

Patient & Visitor Fact Sheet ESBL. ( Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase). WHAT IS ESBL? ESBL's are enzymes that may be produced by some bacteria that are usually found in the bowel and urinary tract, such as Ecoli. The bacteria can also infect or colonise other sites of the body lungs and sputum. ESBL's are considered multi-resistant organisms (MRO) due to the large number of antibiotics the bacteria are resistant to. It is therefore important to control the spread of ESBL's to ensure that the bacteria will still respond to commonly used antibiotics.

Editor: Jayne O’Connor. Jan 2014 revised following comment. Infection Prevention & Control department, Adventist healthcare Ltd. This information leaflet provides basic information only and is to be as a guide, not as a complete resource on the subject

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