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CDC sounds alarm on deadly, untreatable superbugs;deadly bacteria that defy drugs of last resort

 
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CDC sounds alarm on deadly, untreatable superbugs;deadly bacteria that defy drugs of last resort
A family of "nightmare" superbugs — untreatable and often deadly — is spreading through hospitals across the USA, and doctors fear that it may soon be too late to stop them, senior health officials said Tuesday.

"These are nightmare bacteria that present a triple threat," said Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "They're resistant to nearly all antibiotics. They have high mortality rates, killing half of people with serious infections. And they can spread their resistance to other bacteria."

So far, this particular class of superbug, called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, has been found only in hospitals or nursing homes, rather than in the community, Frieden said. But officials sounded the alarm partly because, if the bacteria's spread isn't contained soon, even common infections could become untreatable.

The superbug tends to strike immune-compromised people who are hospitalized for a long time or living in a nursing home, Frieden said. And CRE doesn't spread easily from person to person, like the bacteria causing pink eye or strep throat.

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Re: CDC sounds alarm on deadly, untreatable superbugs;deadly bacteria that defy drugs of last resort
years of ab abuse and bad food patterns, we're sitting ducks, not to mention the isolated bacteria beneath lake vostok


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Re: CDC sounds alarm on deadly, untreatable superbugs;deadly bacteria that defy drugs of last resort
Thread: CDC Warns of Resistance ‘Nightmare’......."we have a very serious problem and we need to sound an alarm"

search feature is your friend
how about doing a search first, then bumping the existing thread?
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03/07/2013 04:30 PM
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Re: CDC sounds alarm on deadly, untreatable superbugs;deadly bacteria that defy drugs of last resort
You mean having a healthcare system based on long term maintenance of illness rather than prevention and then housing all of the seriously ill together in giant buildings was actually a bad idea?

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