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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.
These superbugs are commonly acquired by hospital patients, and can cause systemic infections that lead to septic shock and multiple-organ failure.
The report estimates that if implemented correctly, the strategy could prevent 1,600 cases of superbug carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in one state over a three-year period.
Many cases of superbugs reported around the world have originated in Southeast Asia—probably because there’s so much over-the-counter use of antibiotics there, says Dr. Marrazzo.
Infected international travelers can accelerate the superbug spread, and domestically there is a large population vulnerable to infection — the frail elderly and people who have compromised immune systems.
Some groups are working on substances that stop antibiotics from reaching the gut, and fomenting the evolution of resistant superbugs there.
Antibiotic Overuse and Resistance The emergence of superbugs—antibiotic-resistant infections—will continue to pose a problem.
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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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