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Friday, March 8, 2013

God give me a "sweet-dream" bacteria, not a nightmare bacteria.

Once there was a bug, it was called Enterbacteriaceae, it was a run of the mill bug (if there are any).
It started to misbehave occasionally, later is became anti social and now it is all out psychopath.

We have a monster of a bug now called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE. Even some of our most potent antibiotics have no affect on this bug. Unfortunately... it is spreading.

Most of us who are healthy would not be affected with this bug but our hospitalized patients or who have weak resistant may succumb to this bacteria.

I am not surprised that Dr Fieded from CDC calls it a "Nightmare Bacteria"

And the reason is;

1- It is highly resistant.
2- It carries a mortality rate of 50% or more.
3- The way it becomes resistant, it can spread this mechanism to other bacterias.

Our other bad boys like, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or ESBL (Extended -Spectrum Beta Lactamase) bacterias, seems like angels here.

Please remember you can decrease your risk by properly washing hands, follow precautions and always judicious use of antibiotics.

PS: About the photo: Dream catchers
Disclaimer: Dream Catcher not recomedend for use as an alternate to antibiotics or doctor visit.

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