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Outbreak of 'nightmare superbug' causing a stir






An outbreak in Illinois of what authorities have dubbed a nightmare bacteria is stirring up serious concern.

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a rare strain of bacteria with a fatality rate of almost 50 percent. It's made up of an enzyme that breaks down antibiotics making it very difficult to treat.

Between 2009 and 2013, fewer than 100 cases of the super germ were reportedly seen. Last year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 44 cases traced to a hospital in Chicago.

A doctor from the national institute of health told ABC-affiliated television station WHOI that most cases are found in hospitals and nursing homes and can travel from patient to patient. "It's an extremely potentially dangerous problem but we have a window of opportunity to contain it."

This is the largest outbreak on record of a bacteria with such a high fatality rate.

Illinois officials announced last week that a task force was being formed to deal with the potential spread of the germ.

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runndancer January 10 2014 at 8:04 AM

People are put on antibiotics too frequently and ones that are too strong. It's killing us! :-0

C.Diff kills a lot of elderly people in nursing homes every year. As one doctor said about it: "You either get better, or you don't."

Try to stay away from antibiotics if you don't need them! Ask your doctor why if you are unsure. A lot of it is CYA.

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AVONLEA JAIDE runndancer January 10 2014 at 8:59 AM

its not just drs over prescribing antibiotics….its in our food, it's a daily practice of what factory farmed cows, chickens & pigs are fed daily that has lowered our tolerance toward antibiotics.

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npc317 AVONLEA JAIDE January 10 2014 at 9:51 AM

And now, they are putting pesticides in the seed.

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virginia AVONLEA JAIDE January 10 2014 at 10:08 AM

Recently there was a news article that the Food control congress had issued a ban on giving the drugs to cattle and swine as it has been attributed to illness in humans. I eat a small amounts of chicken and pork, no beef. The Bible tells us what to eat and what not to eat in the way of edible meat. Perhaps we all should follow the bible more thoroughly. At least the population of the Country would stop and think before doing many thing that some do.

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virginia runndancer January 10 2014 at 10:03 AM

I am unable to take any anti-biotics. Recently a Dr. mistakenly gave me Penicillian and I had the normal reaction to it that I have had before. He said it was not listed on my chart. What I want to know is who in that hospital didn't take it from my chart. I could have been dead.

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virginia virginia January 10 2014 at 10:10 AM

In my comment regarding the eating of various meats the Food and Drug Administration is what I was referring to. If it is abusive, so be it. Sue me!

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xrayjenn virginia January 10 2014 at 10:35 AM

How come you didn't question what was being given to you? You are just as responsible for your health care as the doctor is. You should know all of the medications you take and the doses. What you are allergic to and the reactions. I know people in the medical field are highly educated but they are not Kreskin and believe it or not they are human too. You should never just take a medication without asking what it is first.

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Kari January 10 2014 at 6:50 AM

Wash your hands, people!!!

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paulari318 January 09 2014 at 8:25 PM

Wash your hands, regularly and often.

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kingofswords72 paulari318 January 09 2014 at 9:23 PM

At least when you're in the hospital anyway. Without a little bacteria in your system your immune system becomes week.

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Esther January 09 2014 at 8:23 PM

Living in Chicago is not the issue. I don't think I want to go to Chicago hospitals.

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Dav44e January 10 2014 at 6:14 AM

I'm from the Old School,( First on Food's) When You bring food from the Grocery,Never assume it's free of Germs, There are to many people handeling it especially Chicken, always take the chicken out of the packet and wash, (yes, wash it) in a mild solution of cool soap and water followed by a good rinse of cold water. My parents and grand parents used this method for over 100 Years and no one (NO ONE) ever got sick from any Virus or stomach Bug. You can also do this with Steak and Chops, However on any ground beef you have to , Just fry the heck out of it, to be safe. The companys that process this chicken run the chicken through the same water all day lonf and the people who work on thoes production line don't care if you get sick or not , nor do the supervisors in thoes plants, the only thing they are worried about is Production.
Next is our Hospitals, They demand that you strip down and wear one of thoes Funky Ragged Gowns where your Butt Hangs out because they say your street clothe are full of germs however the Doctors come in and Slip into one of their White overcoats with their street clothe underneath which they probably wore all week, and then never wash their hands. Many people have Died because of Sloppy Medical Procedures

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tgeren1 January 10 2014 at 12:02 AM

Cements the fact to me. Stay away from hospitals. The US is far from the best health care that they so like to claim, and plenty of examples from people that work in them. Health care today is about MONEY. And the unsuspecting sheep are the paycheck. The days of Dr. Kilgore and Ben Casey are over. And Obooma is going to tax and penalize us if we don't say "BAA" too. Welkome to Amerika!

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Connie January 09 2014 at 7:56 PM

My Mother was killed by one of these bacteria CDIFF in a short stay at a nursing home, One day she was fine and within 4 days she was dead after her roommate came down with it.

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nbstorman January 09 2014 at 4:50 PM

There are no "antidotes" for bacteria! They are treated with antibiotics which have become increasingly impotent against many infections.There are many theories about the etiology of resistance but we can continue to expect outbreaks of difficult to treat bad bugs.

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grimesclrcbg nbstorman January 09 2014 at 4:54 PM

What are you a Doctor of?

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Richard grimesclrcbg January 09 2014 at 5:41 PM

You don't have to be a Doctor to know that he is right. Do a little research and you will find out that new more antibiotic resistant strains of illnesses are and have evolved.

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yurday6 nbstorman January 09 2014 at 4:58 PM

Antibiotics are becoming useless because we are becoming immune to it by eating it everyday in our food. We must stop giving antibiotics to farm animals and farm raised fish.

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Luvucats yurday6 January 09 2014 at 10:37 PM

I agree.

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gelleybean January 09 2014 at 7:55 PM

The CDC website explains it in detail. Indwelling catheters...long term IV sites or ports for dialysis etc. ventilators place people at risk. Long term antibiotic treatment.Healthy individuals are not at at high risk....C.Jones R.N.

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Catherine gelleybean January 09 2014 at 8:27 PM

I hate to disagree, but ANYONE who is hospitalized is at risk if passed from patient to patient or from doctors and nurses and orderlies and lab technicians who forget to wash their hands between patients. Even the videos above point out that this new CRE definitely can live outside of the body on surfaces. I wish the fashion industry would bring gloves back into our society. I wear them a lot when going to the doctor's office or the Hospital.

Hey, I'm not paranoid -- just wish that bird in the window would stop staring at me! :)

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benaroundsum January 10 2014 at 5:27 AM

Another nasty intestinal bug is Clostridium Difficile or C-diff. It's a spore bacteria and when it takes over can cause severe abdominal pain, colitus and diarrhea. This bacteria kills 14,000 a year in the USA. The elderly, who have spent time in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and have had antibiotics for other infections are particulary vulnerable. Hand washing is the best defense as hand sanitizers do NOT work against C-diif. In addtion, cleaners containing bleach much be used when cleaning floors, doornobs, and other items that are commonly touched. Again, normal antibacterial household cleaners will not work on C-diff. If you have a friend or family member who has spent a length of time in a rehab center, especially if they have had antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections, etc., pay very close attentions to symptoms for possible C-diff. If they experience any flu like symptoms, and/or severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, have them checked out IMMEDIATELY! Testing requires a stool sample. Again, this bacteria is hard to eliminate. Reoccuring rates are often as high as 25%.

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