Nightmare bacteria


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Nightmare bacteria

Postby Daisy » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:58 pm

Now growing at your local hospital.

"Nightmare bacteria" resistant to the strongest antibiotics are on the rise in the United States and have infected patients in at least 17 Wisconsin hospitals and long-term rehabilitation facilities, state and federal officials said Tuesday, March 6. The bacteria kill up to half of all infected patients.

http://www.twincities.com/wisconsin/ci_ ... e-bacteria
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Re: Nightmare bacteria

Postby jeremyp » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:30 am

Daisy wrote:Now growing at your local hospital.

"Nightmare bacteria" resistant to the strongest antibiotics are on the rise in the United States and have infected patients in at least 17 Wisconsin hospitals and long-term rehabilitation facilities, state and federal officials said Tuesday, March 6. The bacteria kill up to half of all infected patients.

http://www.twincities.com/wisconsin/ci_ ... e-bacteria

It's my understanding that people with transplants and immuno deficiency diseases are at greatest risk. Normal immune systems still fight it. Of course a long history of taking anti-biotics doesn't auger well either.
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Re: Nightmare bacteria

Postby DrJay » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:25 pm

The issue is not with one's immune system, it's the fact that the bacteria in question have become resistant to virtually all of the antibiotics at our disposal. The carbapenems have been reliable when resistance to the more advanced penicillins, the cepalosprorins, and quinolones has been encountered. The bacteria in the family Enterobacteriaceae are the usual cuplrits in many, many infections, simple ones like bladder infections, but also more serious ones like peritonitis, diverticulitis, pyelonepritis (kidney infection), bacterial gastroenteritis. sometimes pneumonia. A normal immune system isn't enough to take care of those things. Antibiotics are essential and life-saving in those more serious infections.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterobacteriaceae
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