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New Drug-Resistant Superbugs Found in 3 States

Discussion in 'Health' started by Packman73, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Sep 14, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/09/14/update-new-drug-resistant-superbugs-states/

    BOSTON – An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.

    The U.S. cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article describing dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures.

    How many deaths the gene may have caused is unknown; there is no central tracking of such cases. So far, the gene has mostly been found in bacteria that cause gut or urinary infections.
    Scientists have long feared this — a very adaptable gene that hitches onto many types of common germs and confers broad drug resistance, creating dangerous "superbugs."

    "It's a great concern," because drug resistance has been rising and few new antibiotics are in development, said Dr. M. Lindsay Grayson, director of infectious diseases at the University of Melbourne in Australia. "It's just a matter of time" until the gene spreads more widely person-to-person, he said.

    Grayson heads an American Society for Microbiology conference in Boston, which was buzzing with reports of the gene, called NDM-1 and named for New Delhi.

    The U.S. cases occurred this year in people from California, Massachusetts and Illinois, said Brandi Limbago, a lab chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three types of bacteria were involved, and three different mechanisms let the gene become part of them.

    "We want physicians to look for it," especially in patients who have traveled recently to India or Pakistan, she said.

    What can people do?

    Don't add to the drug resistance problem, experts say. Don't pressure your doctors for antibiotics if they say they aren't needed, use the ones you are given properly, and try to avoid infections by washing your hands.

    The gene is carried by bacteria that can spread hand-to-mouth, which makes good hygiene very important.

    It's also why health officials are so concerned about where the threat is coming from, said Dr. Patrice Nordmann, a microbiology professor at South-Paris Medical School. India is an overpopulated country that overuses antibiotics and has widespread diarrheal disease and many people without clean water.

    "The ingredients are there" for widespread transmission, he said. "It's going to spread by plane all over the world."

    The U.S. patients were not related. The California woman needed hospital care after being in a car accident in India. The Illinois man had pre-existing medical problems and a urinary catheter, and is thought to have contracted an infection with the gene while traveling in India. The case from Massachusetts involved a woman from India who had surgery and chemotherapy for cancer there and then traveled to the U.S.

    Lab tests showed their germs were not killed by the types of drugs normally used to treat drug-resistant infections, including "the last-resort class of antibiotics that physicians go to," Limbago said.

    She did not know how the three patients were treated, but all survived.

    Doctors have tried treating some of these cases with combinations of antibiotics, hoping that will be more effective than individual ones are. Some have resorted to using polymyxins — antibiotics used in the 1950s and '60s that were unpopular because they can harm the kidneys.

    The two Canadian cases were treated with a combination of antibiotics, said Dr. Johann Pitout of the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. One case was in Alberta, the other in British Columbia.

    Both patients had medical emergencies while traveling in India. They developed urinary infections that were discovered to have the resistance gene once they returned home to Canada, Pitout said.

    The CDC advises any hospitals that find such cases to put the patient in medical isolation, check the patient's close contacts for possible infection, and look for more infections in the hospital.
    Any case "should raise an alarm," Limbago said.
     
  2. Sep 14, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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    She did not know how the three patients were treatedbut all survived.
    Bah whatever. Same thing happened with MRSA and VRE.

    Not to mention gotta put blame on patients who are put on Abx but stop half way through their course of treatment, and docs who give out Abx unnecessarily.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2010 at 1:09 PM
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    Lets see how strong these bugs are when you hit them with a hammer....
     
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    :laugh:

    I just wanna smack all the idiots (and the doc's who give in) who want antibiotics for every sniffle :annoyed: and also then don't take the full course of medication.
     
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    :eek:Holy shit it's in AZ now!:eek:
     
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    That flesh eating stuff a while back was pretty scary. What ever happened to it?
     
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    It ate itself?
     
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    I just got over a mrsa infection last week. That stuff is not fun. The bacteria reached my bloodstream and it required 2 weeks of 2 separate oral antibiotics and 2 separate antibiotic injections. Though I maintain the second injection was because the cute female nurse wanted to see my ass again. :D
     
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    No. I think this was it.
    Necrotizing Fasciitis
    (NF) or fasciitis necroticans,
    commonly known as flesh-eating diseaseor flesh-eating bacteria,

    [​IMG]

    On that note... I think i'll retire for the evening.
     
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    Ok.....So what do these bugs look like?
     
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    This may be the first time I unsubscribe from my own thread...:eek:

    More kittens!!!
     
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