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Yeast is a fungus, but C. auris is behaving like a bacterium — in fact, like a bacterial superbug.
But the strain identified at the Orange County facility is more of a superbug, which produces enzymes that can break down a range of antibiotics in the penicillin family.
Already blamed for breeding resistance in bacteria and thus creating superbugs, antibiotic overuse is now a suspect in killing off good as well as bad bacteria in the human gut.
But that doesn't mean eating undercooked meat today will spark a superbug outbreak.
Related Drug-resistant superbugs are now found virtually everywhere.
That discovery followed a different superbug gene that emerged in India in 2010.
The rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), which can be fatal in up to half of patients, has made addressing these problems more urgent.
The bacteria this latest study found weren’t superbugs, but researchers said there were potential pathogens that would put patients at high risk of infection.
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medical Definition of superbug
- The rise of superbugs that can survive multiple antibiotics—such as MRSA, the notorious “flesh-eating bacterium”—has turned once-trivial infections into persistent problems.
- —Valerie Ross, Discover, 7 Sept. 2010
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