By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Acinetobacter outbreak at Hanna Hospital

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An outbreak of the drug-resistant bacterium, Acinetobacter, has been reported over a two year period at the Hanna Hospital in Daito, Osaka Prefecture. According to a Mainichi report, eighteen people died over a two-year period. A total of 19 were infected.

Questions surround the hospital as one patient who died, officials did fail to report the man’s case for seven months against the law. Ichiro Kawase, director of the hospital, apologized over the incident, stating, “We should’ve considered the possibility of in-hospital infections. We weren’t fully aware of the danger of bacteria. It’s inexcusable.”

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Tokyo local dengue fever

NHK World-Japan reports that two teenage students in Tokyo have been confirmed to be infected with dengue virus. The students attend the same school and neither had history of traveling abroad.

Health authorities say they visited Nara and Kyoto in western Japan on a school excursion from September 18 to 20.

They were hospitalized, recovered and were discharged.

These are the first locally transmitted dengue cases in Tokyo since 2014.