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The Spread of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Gulf Coast
As Gulf coast residents prepare for another major storm, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that they have found cases of difficult-to-treat infections in a relief center housing evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.
At least 30 adults and children in a Texas evacuation center show boils on their skin, according to the CDC. Preliminary tests suggest that some of the infections may be caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a drug-resistant bacteria.
Fortunately, it seems that these recent cases were caught in time. "These patients are receiving clinical care and infection control measures are ongoing," reports the CDC in a statement.
But since these "superbugs" can survive traditional antibiotic treatments, they can be tough to treat. Left unchecked, MRSA infections cause a variety of problems, including fever, low blood pressure and, eventually, organ failure.