Untreatable Nightmare Bacteria is Spreading in the US According to CDC

05 April, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Nightmare Bacteria Outbreak Could Cause in the US, announced by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year, nationwide tests discovered 221 instances of "unusual" germs - bugs resistant to all, or most antibiotics tested on it.

Over 220 instances of germs with "unusual" antibiotic resistance genes were reported to the CDC across the USA, the CDC's Vital Signs report states.

"CDC's study found several risky pathogens, hiding in plain sight, that can cause infections that are hard or impossible to treat", Dr.

When screening people whom hospital patients came into contact with, it was found that 11% of these people carried antibiotic-resistant bacteria, despite showing no symptoms of infection.

More than 2 million Americans get an antibiotic-resistant infection each year, and 23,000 die from these infections, according to the CDC.

The report also said, "lab tests uncovered unusual resistance more than 200 times in 2017 in "nightmare bacteria" alone".

Last month, researchers from Emory University's Antibiotic Resistance Center reported the first case of colistin-heteroresisant K. pneumoniae in the United States.

The CDC is promoting an aggressive "containment strategy", which includes rapid detection tests and screening for reducing the spread of antibiotic resistance.

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"I was surprised by the numbers we found", Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, told CNN.

"With new resources nationwide, early and aggressive action - when even a single case is found - can keep germs with unusual resistance from spreading in healthcare facilities and causing hard-to-treat or even untreatable infections", the agency wrote.

To assault antibiotic-resistant germs, the CDC has actually established an across the country laboratory network that offers fast analysis of germs samples forwarded by state and regional health departments.

"As fast as we have run to slow [antibiotic] resistance, some germs have outpaced us", Schuchat said to Kaiser Health News.

Now, the CDC is working more closely with hospitals and other healthcare facilities to rapidly identify patients infected with superbugs, isolate them and prevent the germs from spreading to anyone else.

To avoid the spread of the nightmare bacteria, the CDC along with state and local health authorities take necessary measures.

The entire Vital Signs report, as well as more information on the CDC's containment strategy, can be accessed on the CDC's website, here. In addition to federal agencies, local health departments and local clinics are also joining in the fight. Antibiotic resistance can spread from people with or without symptoms of infection, between hospitals and health care facilities, and even between germs themselves. These germs were reportedly resistant to almost all, if not all, antibiotics used in the study.

According to the CDC's assessment, the containment strategy has helped to reduce cases of two types of resistant infections since 2006.


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