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 Post subject: The Rise And Fall Of The Superbug
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:20 am 
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I was unsure whether or not to launch a new thread on this; the topic definitely falls under the category of 'heedless action'.
Because this will become one of the greatest challenges to face humankind in the next fifty years and we are in the very early stages of tackling this threat (there is no known cure at this point), and it appears to me this article marks the beginning of what has been warned about now for many decades, I thought a separate thread to post the relevant articles that are published dealing with the global science and medical community's efforts and advances to prevent what could amount to hundreds of millions of deaths in the next half century.

from UPI :


http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/01/ ... t=hs&or=hn

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 FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 -- A Nevada woman in her 70s who'd recently returned from India died in September from a "superbug" infection that resisted all antibiotics, according to a report released Friday.

The case raises concern about the spread of such infections, which have become more common over past decades as germs have developed resistance to widely used antibiotics.

 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "basically reported that there was nothing in our medicine cabinet to treat this lady," report co-author Dr. Randall Todd told the Reno Gazette-Journal. He's director of epidemiology and public health preparedness for the Washoe County Health District, in Reno.

The report was published Jan. 13 in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

As reported by Todd and his colleagues, the woman fractured her right leg while in India and underwent multiple hospitalizations in that country over two years. The last such hospitalization occurred in June.

 She returned to the United States but was admitted to the Reno-area hospital on Aug. 18 with a severe inflammatory reaction to an infection in her right hip.

On Aug. 19, doctors isolated a sample of a known antibiotic-resistant "superbug" -- known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) -- from the patient.

CDC testing subsequently revealed the germ was New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM) -- a highly resistant form of CRE typically found outside the United States.

"Antimicrobial susceptibility testing in the United States indicated that the isolate was resistant to 26 antibiotics," the researchers reported. In effect, the germ "was resistant to all available antimicrobial drugs," they said.

 As soon as CRE was identified, "the patient was placed in a single room under contact precautions," Todd's group wrote. The woman later developed septic shock and died in early September.

The doctors say the case -- the first ever in Nevada -- highlights the fact that patients treated in hospitals in other countries can acquire these extremely dangerous infections.

"The patient in this report had inpatient health care exposure in India before receiving care in the United States," the team noted. In such cases, U.S. health care facilities "should obtain a history of health care exposures outside their region upon admission and consider screening for CRE," they said.

Dr. Lei Chen is epidemiologist program manager for the health district, and a co-author of the new report.

She told the Reno Gazette-Journal that it's always possible that staff at a foreign hospital "don't do a good infection control, or they don't have good hygiene, and it could be spread."

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 Todd said other patients in the same unit at the Reno hospital were also tested for the infection, but none tested positive.

"Had any of the other patients been infected with this, they would have had the same resistance," he said. "This is kind of scary stuff, and that's why we jump on things like this very quickly. We were pleased that the hospital responded as quickly and comprehensively as they did."

Both doctors stressed that the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant germs is caused by the overuse of these drugs -- often for conditions for which they are useless.

For example, people will often ask for an antibiotic for a cold or flu, which are caused by viruses. Antibiotics target bacteria, not viruses.

"Even if you're able to talk your doctor into prescribing them, and many people are able to do that, that is not going to help your cold or the flu in any way, shape or form," Todd said.


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 Post subject: Re: The Antibiotic Apocalypse
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:56 am 
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On the positive side, here's the article about predatory bacteria research I posted elsewhere ...

"Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38077263


Another piece of promising news from earlier this year ...

"Antibiotic resistance: 'Snot wars' study yields new class of drugs"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36910766


And, as linked to in that second article, proof that scruffy bastards (like me) have healthier skin. Throw away that razor, chaps! :) ....

"Growing A Beard May Protect Men From Bacteria And Their Infections, Thus Promoting Good Health"
http://www.medicaldaily.com/beard-bacteria-facial-clean-shaven-371768

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 Post subject: The Rise And Fall Of The Superbug
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:05 am 
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Cheers, SteamAbacus ! :-)

I just tracked down your earlier post on predatory bacteria (above) and was just about to link it here ! Good work.

I am also trying to locate the CDC document which first warned of this, quite an extensive report, IIRC, which I thought I'd posted somewhere here, though not sure now. I will if I can find it ~ though it was quite ominous and dire in its predictions about the future, at least until a cure is found. I feel however that greater awareness of the problem can only help, both politically and practically.


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I was trying to find confirmation of the statistic that ten-million more people will die every year now from infections once easily treatable, according to CDC.

http://www.cdc.gov
might confirm this.

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 Post subject: Re: The Rise And Fall Of The Superbug
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from BBC :

How economics killed the antibiotic dream

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38828079

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More on the economics that underscore the issue (BBC Radio4 programme) ...

"50 Things That Made the Modern Economy: Antibiotics"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08kv3yb

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Latest progress in the War on Bugs™ ...

"Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40091179

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 Post subject: Re: The Rise And Fall Of The Superbug
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interesting - sometimes i wonder are these thing's laboratory created - with the antidote for sale - haven't heard of this one before


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The Rise And Fall Of The Superbug

Is this an album by Ziggy Stardust (from the superbrain)?

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