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For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal "the end of the road" for antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery "heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria."
Colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as CRE, which health officials have dubbed "nightmare bacteria." In some instances, these superbugs kill up to 50 percent of patients who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called CRE among the country's most urgent public health threats. Health officials said the case in Pennsylvania, by itself, is not cause for panic. The strain found in the woman is treatable with some other antibiotics. But researchers worry that the antibiotic-resistant gene found in the bacteria, known as mcr-1, could spread to other types of bacteria that can already evade other types of antibiotics.
Personal contact E. coli bacteria can easily travel from person to person, especially when infected adults and children don't wash their hands properly. Family members of young children with E. coli infection are especially likely to acquire it themselves. Outbreaks have also occurred among children visiting petting zoos and in animal barns at county fairs.
originally posted by: reldra
originally posted by: HUMBLEONE
"Baby can you dig your man. He's a righteous man. Baby can you dig your man"- The Stand, by Steven (Stephen?) King
This is Captain Tripps.
Nice knowing ya Bitches!
Stephen King fan here But can you sing it though?
originally posted by: seattlerat
a reply to: GeauxHomeYoureDrunk
At least when the plague strikes again we can blame it on Humans instead of Rodents... it has always irked me that rats get the bad rap for spreading the "Black Death"... this has been disputed for quite some time and the general consensus is that it was actually spread by FLEAS. Some have even gone so far as to say that PEOPLE were to blame!!!
Don't Blame the RATS- Plague spread by PEOPLE