Top News: #Superbugs

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635604672441240559-C-diff-lgDangerous infections now spreading outside hospitals:

Life-threatening infections caused by bacteria calledClostridium difficile now sicken nearly half a million Americans a year, health officials said Wednesday. The number of these infections — which can cause “deadly diarrhea” and damage to the colon — doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

mrsaEverything You Need to Know About ‘Superbugs’:

There’s little comforting about phrases like “nightmare bacteria” or “fatal superbug”. Reports like those surrounding the recent exposure to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Los Angeles are understandably alarming, especially considering almost 200 UCLA Medical Center patients may have come in contact with such a bug. Read more

FDA Says It Knew Scopes That Allegedly Spread ‘Superbug’ Could Transmit Bacterial Infections:

The revelation that contaminated endoscopes were cleaned according to manufacturer instructions but still allegedly caused seven people to become infected with a deadly drug-resistant bacteria has raised questions about whether the scopes are too difficult to clean. Read more

One form of carbapenem-resistant bacteria seen in culture. CRE bacteria are blamed for 600 deaths a year in the U.S. and can withstand treatment by virtually every kind of antibiotic.UCLA Outbreak Highlights Challenge Of Curbing Infections:

The bacterial outbreak at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center highlights shortcomings in the federal government’s efforts to avert the most lethal hospital infections, which are becoming increasingly impervious to treatment. Read more

How to avoid deadly superbug infections in the hospital:

The outbreak of a deadly antibiotic-resistant infection at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, which has already led to two deaths and seven infections, is a stark reminder of the risks patients face every time they enter a hospital. Read more