For the first time, someone has been found in America carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
The Washington Post confirmed in an article published on 5/26 that a “superbug” E. Coli strain resistant to antibiotics has been found in America.
Researchers discovered the bacteria in the urine of a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania. Officials reportedly confirmed that the woman had been carrying a particularly deadly strain of the E. Coli disease that is known to be antibiotic-resistant according to this study.
Colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which health officials have dubbed “nightmare bacteria.” In some instances, these superbugs kill up to 50 percent of patients who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called CRE among the country’s most urgent public health threats. Source
Health officials revealed that it was not time to ring any alarm bells yet as the case in Pennsylvania could not possibly start a nationwide pandemic at this time. What is more concerning, however, is that the antibiotic-resistant gene mcr-1 could render other antibiotics completely useless and spread to other bacteria.
“It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in an interview. “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.”
“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.”
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