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C.difficile, the biggest killer... new U.S. study on drug resistant germs by the CDC

C.difficile, the biggest killer... new U.S. study on drug resistant germs by the CDC

'More than two million people are infected by drug-resistant germs each year, and 23,000 die of their infections, federal health officials reported Monday. The biggest killer by far is C. difficile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports in its first big overview of a growing problem.

C. difficile has become a scourge of hospitals and infection is often made possible when patients are heavily treated with antibiotics to fight other infections. It can cause unstoppable diarrhea and the latest treatment doesn’t even involve antibiotics, but a transplant of so-called good bacteria from healthy patients. '

Urgent Threats

■■ Clostridium difficile

■■ Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)

■■ Drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Serious Threats

■■ Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter

■■ Drug-resistant Campylobacter

■■ Fluconazole-resistant Candida (a fungus)

■■ Extended spectrum β-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBLs)

■■ Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus ( VRE)

■■ Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa

■■ Drug-resistant Non-typhoidal Salmonella

■■ Drug-resistant Salmonella Typhi

■■ Drug-resistant Shigella

■■ Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

■■ Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae

■■ Drug-resistant tuberculosis

Concerning Threats

■■ Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA)

■■ Erythromycin-resistant Group A Streptococcus

■■ Clindamycin-resistant Group B Streptococcus


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Thanks Chris

It's all very worrying, being hopeful that no hospital visits are on the horizon. Hope you are having a less painful day today.

Best wishes



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