Prof Martin Cormican,  microbiologist and disease expert at NUI Galway and the HSE, at a  media briefing on Covid-19  at the HSE in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Prof Martin Cormican, microbiologist and disease expert at NUI Galway and the HSE, answers questions from the public about coronavirus concerns. If s(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris during a media briefing  on the coronavirus in Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A helpline should be set up for families whose children attend the Dublin school currently shut due to coronavirus, Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDon(...)

The Irish Patients’ Association says  33,000 people a year die in Europe as a direct consequence of an infection from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish healthcare workers are among the best informed in Europe about antibiotic use and resistance, a new survey indicates. Over 70 per cent of Irish(...)

A macrophage engulfs bacteria as part of the immune system’s response to infection. Photograph: Getty Images

A scientist overseeing the Health Service Executive’s fight against a dangerous superbug warned last year there was no evidence it had any greater con(...)

CPE  is highly antibiotic-resistant and can be lethal when it enters the bloodstream. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Health is seeking to shut down the emergency response set up to tackle a lethal superbug, despite the fact that the number of cases (...)

Drug-resistant bacteria of the Enterococcus genus. Photograph: Janice Carr/CDC/ Science Photo Library

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has begun writing to hundreds of patients who were not told they had come into contact with other patients carrying(...)

It is ‘not just the HSE’ that needs to act to combat the spread of the bug. Photograph: iStock

The head of the HSE’s task force combatting superbugs has the health service is facing a race against time to deal with the the potentially fatal and (...)

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Image: iStock

No hospital in the world has devised a way of successfully combating the spread of the superbug CPE, the cause of the recent announcement convening t(...)

Untreated sewage

The discovery that an antibiotic-resistant superbug can be attributed to the discharge of untreated sewage into the sea close to Galway is an alarming(...)

National University of Ireland, Galway microbiologist Prof Martin Cormican. Photograph: NUIG

Sunblock has many benefits, but its “nanomaterial” content may not necessarily be that harmless. Society is increasingly using “nanomaterials” or ti(...)

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