Tuesday 17th October, 2017
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Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

A superbug that could not be treated with 26 different antibiotics has killed a woman in the US, of­ficials report.
The 70-year-old from Ne­vada had returned to the US in August with an infected swell­ing in her right hip after a long stay in India.
She died in September.
A Centre for Disease Con­trol and Prevention report said the infection was “resistant to all available antimicrobial drugs”.
The woman had repeatedly needed hospital treatment in India after breaking her right leg. An infection got into the bone and then spread to her hip. She was seriously ill when she arrived in a US hospital - her immune system was going into overdrive in an attempt to fight the infection causing inflammation throughout her body.
This escalated and ultimate­ly she died from septic shock.
Samples of the infection taken from the wound were sent to the CDC for testing. They showed she was infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae - which normally lives in the gut without causing disease.
The analysis found the su­perbug was resistant to all 26 available antibiotics in the US including the “drug of last re­sort” - colistin.
Global travel factor
The CDC said: “(Infections) that are resistant to all antimi­crobials are very uncommon.”
But the case remains a warn­ing of the dangers of what the CDC calls untreatable “night­mare bacteria”.
Some scientists have ar­gued we are on the cusp of the “post-antibiotic era” with cases like this in Nevada becoming more frequent.
Dr David Brown, chief sci­entist at Antibiotic Research UK, said: “It is still quite un­usual for a bacterial infection to be resistant to such a large number of antibiotics.
“Fortunately it is an extreme case, but it may soon become all too common. It happened because of her personal histo­ry of multiple hospitalisations in India, however, the ease of global travel does mean that such cases will increase.”

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