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The Dreaded Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug We Long Feared Has Arrived

The Dreaded Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug We Long Feared Has Arrived

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The “superbug” health officials have long worried about has finally emerged in the United States.

A Pennsylvania woman, now known as patient zero, is being poked and prodded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doctors to learn more about the deadly bacteria that is resistant to even the “last resort” antibiotic, colistin.

CDC officials are currently interviewing the unidentified Pennsylvania woman and her friends and family, to help determine how she contracted the superbug, which is a strain of E. coli.

The woman was treated at a military facility and her cultures were sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and then to a special Defense Department system, The Washington Post reported.

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It is the first time a colistin-resistant bacteria has been found in the United States.

“It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics — that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive care units, or patients getting urinary-tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics,” CDC Director Tom Frieden told the newspaper. “I’ve been there for TB patients. I’ve cared for patients for whom there are no drugs left. It is a feeling of such horror and helplessness. This is not where we need to be.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe said his office, the Defense Department, and the CDC are working together to develop an “appropriate” response.

“We are taking the emergence of this resistance gene very seriously,” Wolfe said.

Frieden told the newspaper that the situation is dire because colistin is the antibiotic used against the very worst of bacteria – some of which can kill 50 percent of patients who are infected. The bacteria is known as CRE bacteria.

“This is definitely alarming,” David Hyun, an antibiotic expert at the Pew Charitable Trust, told the newspaper. “The fact that we found it in the United States confirms our suspicions and adds urgency to actions we need to work on antibiotic stewardship and surveillance for this type of resistance.”

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4 comments

  1. By any chance is this patient one of the immigrants let in by barry ?

  2. Huge news. Much of the focus is on economic collapse, grid failure, or terrorist attack, but the true world ender seems ever more likely to be disease or pandemic as the end of our golden age of antibiotics comes upon us.

  3. And you expected what with president Obama’s illegal immigration free-for-all? Our own president could be implementing the total destruction of the United States of America from within. Obama the Trogan Horse in America……. It is very sad American’s did not wake up in time. I’m not even sure the American people even care about “America” and what it all stands for. Thank the teachers for the total dumbing down of the children of America for the past 50 years. Remember, we pay teachers above average salaries for 12 months when they maybe work for 7 months. We also pay them FOR LIFE. A pension, do you get a pension? (they contribute only a miniscuel amount) that is paid for the life of the teacher BUT ALSO PASSES TO THIER SPOUSE/significant other for THIER lifetime! You also give them free (or nearly free) health care for life….both the teacher and their spouse/significant., FOR LIFE….a spouse who never was employed by the school system gets, at your expense, a free ride, too. What do we get? A slap in the face. Our children cheated out of quality education. Our children indoctrinated by liberals to become liberals. Our children DENIED the true history of our great nation. So, folks, maybe we should be asking which virus will kill us first. The superbug or our educational system? Think about it.

  4. There are natural antibiotics that do not cause harm to a person and which can kill this pathogen. Garlic comes to mind, as does Oregano Oil and perhaps ginger, Aloe Vera, or even Echinacea. There are many strong and natural antibiotics and so it is not the end of the world. However, Pharmaceutical companies would not be happy if we learned to treat ourselves or went to a Naturopath and avoided their drugs. Their billion dollar profits might suffer. There are several books written about natural antibiotics and how to use them- just google and educate yourself.

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