New Zealand has initiated a NZ$1m project to increase the monitoring of superbugs across the country.

The announcement comes soon after the outbreak of the superbug extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) at North Shore Hospital, according to The New Zealand Herald.

The hospital plans to split wards into two sections with patients who test positive for the bacteria being treated by a separate nursing team.

The country reported 9,800 MRSA cases in 2008 and 5,100 ESBL-producing bacteria cases.