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Superbug kills 7th person at Md. NIH hospital
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Posted on 09/15/2012 4:43:18 PM PDT by nuconvert

A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: health; klebsiella; kpc; maryland; medicine; nih; superbug

1 posted on 09/15/2012 4:43:23 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
Remind me not to have my ingrown toenail fixed there!
2 posted on 09/15/2012 4:51:57 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: nuconvert

The article says the patient was a recipient of a bone marrow transplant. The would mean his immune system was already compromised. No surprise he caught something nasty.

3 posted on 09/15/2012 5:04:01 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: nuconvert

For all of my adult life we’ve had new ‘superbugs’.

We then developed new ‘super anti-biotics’ to kill them.

This will continue (with the Obamacare being a temporary roadblock) until forever.

4 posted on 09/15/2012 5:25:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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5 posted on 09/15/2012 5:34:04 PM PDT by Travis McGee (
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To: nuconvert
NIH says the boy arrived at the research hospital in Bethesda in April and was being treated for complications from a bone marrow transplant when he contracted the bug.

Doesn't sound like this victim was the healthiest person to begin with.

6 posted on 09/15/2012 5:52:18 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Travis McGee

Oh, superfly
You're gonna make your fortune by and by
But if you lose, don't ask no questions why
The only game you know is do or die

7 posted on 09/15/2012 5:58:47 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: nuconvert
A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics

Isn't this how the Zombie Apocalypse starts?

8 posted on 09/15/2012 6:06:01 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: nuconvert

Hospitals are getting to be dangerous places. First Mersa and now this.

9 posted on 09/15/2012 6:06:16 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: nuconvert

Paging Steven King... will Mr King please pick up the nearest courtesy phone....

10 posted on 09/15/2012 6:06:24 PM PDT by DragonMarine (Capitalism works, but it has to be paid for. (From the halls of Montezuma...))
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To: Balding_Eagle

Typically, antibiotic resistant bacteria are already in most people, but they only become a problem when someone’s healthy intestinal flora is damaged.

That is, the intestines have between 300-1000 or more different kinds of bacteria in them, of which only 30-40 kinds take up almost all the physical space. They prevent the pathogenic bacteria from growing too much by denying them living room.

Antibiotics, disease, radiation, toxins and poisons can harm these 30-40 healthy bacteria, leaving large amounts of space for the antibiotic resistant bacteria to have a population explosion.

While a little of these antibiotic resistant bacteria don’t hurt us, a large enough bloom can be extremely destructive or even kill you.

Often outbreaks in hospitals of antibiotic resistant bacteria happen because of the overuse of antibiotics. They try to end the epidemic by cleaning and sterilizing things, but it doesn’t work. However, implementing tight controls for the use of antibiotics will often stop the epidemic in its tracks.

On a personal note, it is possible to strengthen the intestinal flora by taking “probiotics”. There are now several brands of a very good probiotics found in a live culture liquid yoghurt drink called “Kefir”, now in the grocery stores. It is both tasty and contains some 10 or so different strains of healthy bacteria, so is also a great idea for someone to take who has taken antibiotics.

11 posted on 09/15/2012 6:53:32 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Maybe they should change the name to NID - National Institute for Diseases.

12 posted on 09/15/2012 7:59:15 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: nuconvert

We purchased alcohol swabs last year for medical use. One night we received a robo call from the pharmacy where we purchased them, which was a warning not to use them as they were suspected of being contaminated with the bacteria strain discussed in this article. Just a heads up.

13 posted on 09/15/2012 8:10:27 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Pining_4_TX

FROM THE LINKED ARTICLE: “He was the 19th patient at the hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of KPC, or Klebsiella pneumoniae. The outbreak stemmed from a single patient carrying the superbug who arrived at the hospital last summer.”
Last Summer? Sounds as though they need to institute, on an URGENT basis, a much better protocol for control and prevention of hospital infections.

14 posted on 09/15/2012 9:10:56 PM PDT by House Atreides
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