18.04.04. Nightmare Bacteria

April 5, 2018
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‘Nightmare Bacteria”


CDC: 200+ Cases

Did you know one in 10 people have NO symptoms, but are walking around with a hard-to-treat germ?

Wash Hands. Flip Card.

What’s the “Nightmare”?

  • Often incurable.
  • Each year, 2M Americans become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria &A 23,000 die.
  • 221 cases nationwide in 2017.
  • Discovered in 27 states.
  • More challenging “version” of antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in every state.

Why Does This Matter?

“Antibiotic germs can spread like wildfire.’

CDC, Containing Unusual Resistance, April 3, 2018 explaining why it could quickly becomes a public health emergency *if* the government is unable to contain the germs.

Whats YOUR real risk?

  • Can be spread person-to-person (without anyone even getting sick).
  • Spreads via health care equipment (IV, etc).
  • Higher risk if you receive health care in another country (many with “nightmare bacteria” in 2017 had received medical care in another country).

This is the first time the CDC tracked "nightmare bacteria." CDC Dir. on the 200+ cases: "I was surprised by the numbers that we found. This was more than I was expecting." More of her answer:

Important: Context for this study isn’t available – It’s the first of its kind: “..this was the beginning of the surveillance and so it”s just the first nine months. I can tell you that I was surprised by the numbers that we found. This was more than I was expecting. But it”s the beginning of looking. We hope though that this won”t be an inevitable march upward, but that by finding them early when there”s only one in the facility we can stop this from becoming very, very common. So we don”t have any trend data.” Read More:A https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/t0403-antibiotic-resistant-germs.html

by Jenna Lee,