Drug-Resistant Nightmare bacteria seen in 27 states, CDC reports

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over 220 cases of a new breed of “nightmare bacteria” with new or rare antibiotic-resistant genes, have been found in 27 states.

We’ve warned about the growing problems of antibiotic-resistant bacteria for years, but the CDC says these new strains are “virtually untreatable” and capable of spreading genes that make them “impervious” to most antibiotics.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, said she was surprised by the extent of the spread.

“As fast as we have run to slow [antibiotic] resistance, some germs have outpaced us,” Schuchat said. “We need to do more, and we need to do it faster and earlier.”

While those bacteria are terrifying on their own, the “unusual” genes discussed in this report are truly the “worst of the worst,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. About 2 million Americans are sickened by antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and 23,000 die, according to the CDC.

“There are certain bacterial genes that are more worrisome than others, which are much harder to treat,” Adalja said. “These genes are lurking in American patients, and they are spreading in hospitals and healthcare facilities.”

 

antibiotic resistance

It’s estimated that 700,000 to several million deaths result in every year because of Antimicrobial Resistance. Every year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, at least 23,000 people die as a result.

5 Comments

  1. Kitty Chastain
    April 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Which 27 states have reports outbreak of nightmare bacteria?

    • Leslie Jensen
      April 9, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Please share which 27 states are having the antibiotic resistant bacteria. I am getting ready to relocate from the eastern US
      to the Western US. I am not on Facebook or Twitter and do not plan to start any kind of scare among Americans. You can trust me with the information. Please help me decide which state or group of states have had no
      reports of this bacteria that I might relocate to. Thanks.

    • Laura
      April 12, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      I’m rather disappointed in the quality of the Scientific American article because it really should have elaborated a bit more, at least giving the type of bacteria so people could learn more about it. I’ve heard of this at work (I’m a nurse), so I’m pretty sure they are talking about CRE, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, which is a bacteria normally found in the human gut and causes infection in patients already pretty sick, such as patients on ventilators. Looking at the map, it looks like most states in the continental US has had some form of CRE already. But it’s not an infection causing an outbreak like SARS or Zika or anything. It’s a bacteria already found in your body, more like a C-Diff infection. More information and maps of which states have been affected can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/index.html (For the maps, go to the left side of the page and click on “Tracking CRE”.)

  2. Leslie Jensen
    April 9, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Just wanting to have information that I am trying to find about the 27 states (which are the?) that have confirmed reports
    of antibiotic resistant bacteria. This will help in a future move back West.

  3. David
    April 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I think it’s not only this particular issue. Just IMHO, stay away from warm, crowded, coastal areas. Spend some time looking at locales with some elevation above sea level. There are many good places – smaller cities at 4-6K ft, also interior valleys. You may well find rural or semi-rural places that can work for you.

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