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This something of concern?

Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics.

“It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion.

Although this isn’t the first time someone in the US has been infected with pan-resistant bacteria, at this point, it is not common. It is, however, alarming.
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Stay the fuck away from hospitals unless you absolutely need to be there.
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Did they try fire?
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The enterobacteriaceae class are nasty. Gut flora that get exposed to a lot of antibiotic selection pressure. Vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE) are another one. They are mostly found in highly exposed populations like elderly, chronically ill etc. I don't think they will spread to the community at large given they carry a cost of metabolizing these proteins/enzymes which confers resistance, but are only useful in a select group. Perhaps though, there might be mutations that provide broader unintended advantages, and then we should all be scared. Stay away from India and hospitals if you can;)

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Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" have definitely been a big issue of concern since at least 2013 or so. By that time, nearly all the American pharmaceuticals companies had withdrawn from the business of developing new antibiotics because the R&D costs for that class of meds are so high in relation to the profit margins. Frontline even did a piece on it.

In 2014 President Obama made an executive order to initiate a 5-year plan of action including incentives for Big Pharma to develop strategies for defeating antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Dunno about the current state of that initiative, but PBS ran this update about a year ago.

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