Outbreak: ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ In Chicago, “Huge Cluster” Says Medical Expert (Video)
By Mort Amsel
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In the past 12 years, this “nightmare bacteria” has spread from one to 46 states, affecting medical facilities in practically the entire U.S.
The threat of CRE is considered important because the organisms are often resistant to multiple classes of antimicrobials, substantially limiting treatment options.
Some Enterobacteriaceae are resistant to nearly all antibiotics, including carbapenems, which are often considered the antibiotics of last resort. Infections caused by this bacteria are associated with high mortality rates and are common in both community and healthcare settings
There is currently an outbreak of the ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ in a Chicago suburb hospital. It has infected 44 people in the last year there. The bug, known as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, bears a rare enzyme that breaks down antibiotics. ”This is a huge cluster,” said Alex Kallen, a medical officer with the CDC and supervisor for the Illinois outbreak investigation, noting that only 97 cases of the infection have been reported to the agency since 2009.
It was only a matter of time before nature caught up with Big Pharma. Once that happens, humanity is in real trouble. Its been almost a century now since the last real epidemic this world has had. The Spanish Flu as it was called infected 500 million people and killed 50-100 million of them. Compare that to H1N1 swine flu that infected 600,000+ and killed 18,000+. Although other estimates put the death toll at 200,000, the 18,000 number is lab tested from WHO. Expect drug resistant bacteria and/or viruses to be the next major pandemic.