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Superbug Resistant to 26 Antibiotics Kills U.S. Woman

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An alarming story has stunned public health officials around the globe, as antimicrobial resistance is proving to be a very serious, ever-growing concern.

In August 2016, a Nevada native who had just arrived back home from an extended trip to India was admitted to a Reno hospital with a primary diagnosis of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). The woman, who was in her 70s, was then transferred to the CDC to undergo comprehensive testing to determine the cause. And the presence of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM) was confirmed.[1]

After completing antimicrobial susceptibility testing, results found that the bacterium was resistant to all 26 of the antibiotics tested.[1] The bacterium ended up spreading throughout her entire body. In September, she developed septic shock and died.[2]

Antimicrobial Resistance: An Amplifying Global Epidemic

India has a major superbug issue, especially in its hospitals. And the woman had been hospitalized during her stay in India multiple times for a femur fracture and then subsequent osteomyelitis.[1]

It’s terrifying, to say the least, that deadly superbugs that cannot be controlled by today’s doctors and advanced medical technology exists. And recent widespread antibiotic misuse has only accelerated overall bacterial resistance, causing some antibiotics to be deemed completely useless.[2] According to a CDC report, “Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.”[3]

As the emergence of exceedingly resistant strains of bacteria is rapidly becoming a global health issue, the discovery of new antibiotics has seemingly hit a plateau in recent years.[4] And a post-antibiotic era may not be out of the question for us in the future.

So can we outsmart superbugs without antibiotics? Study up with 3 Ways We Can Stop the Superbug Crisis Without Antibiotics.

Sources:

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6601a7.htm?s_cid=mm6601a7_e
[2] http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/1/13/14265620/woman-died-superbug-antibiotics
[3] https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/
[4] http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/woman-in-the-us-dies-after-infection-from-bacteria-resistant-to-26-antibiotic-drugs/

 

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