A woman from Nevada died from a severe bacterial infection which left doctors and scientists dumbfounded. The bacteria which attacked her system is later found to be resistant to all available antibiotics in the US.
Testing had shown that the bacteria is resistant to 26 different antibiotics.
Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion said, “It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective.”
This case underscores the importance that hospitals ask their incoming patients of previous foreign travels or if they have been hospitalized somewhere specifically outside the country.
The woman was found to had spent a considerable amount of time in India. She had been hospitalized in that country after breaking her thigh bone and developing an infection in the same area afterwards.
She had been found to be infected with CRE — carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, a general name given to the bacteria living in the gut. This bacteria has been dubbed by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden as a "nightmare bacteria" due to its ability to spread resistance to the class of antibiotics called carbapenems.
The woman was infected with a specific bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae which often causes urinary tract infection.
“I think it’s concerning. We have relied for so long on just newer and newer antibiotics. But obviously the bugs can often [develop resistance] faster than we can make new ones,” said Lei Chen, a senior epidemiologist with Washoe County Health District and an author of the report.
is published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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