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There's A "Superbug" Spreading Around America Killing 40% Of The People Who Come In Contact
Business Insider ^ | March 24, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal

Posted on 03/24/2011 1:07:23 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper

The joke that's going around is that the Mayans got it wrong: The world is ending this year, not 2012.

Here's the lates sign of that.

A superbug is spreading around America, and has hit Southern California.

LA Times:

A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has spread to patients in Southern California, according to a study by Los Angeles County public health officials.

More than 350 cases of the Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, have been reported at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients at skilled-nursing and long-term care facilities, according to a study by Dr. Dawn Terashita, an epidemiologist with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

It was not clear from the study how many of the infections proved fatal, but other studies in the U.S. and Israel have shown that about 40% of patients with the infection die. Tereshita was not available for comment Thursday morning but was scheduled to speak about the study in the afternoon.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: 2006; antibioticresistant; bacteria; bacterial; bacterialpneumonia; crkp; drugresistant; flu; healthcare; hospitals; influenza; klebsiellapneumonia; plague; pneumonia
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Here's a map from the CDC of states where it has been reported:
1 posted on 03/24/2011 1:07:29 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper
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2 posted on 03/24/2011 1:08:22 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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There was an awful upper respiratory thing going around where I live this winter and I caught it. It took 6 weeks and two rounds of antibiotics to get rid of it, and the cough still was hanging around as recently as last week. I know several people (2 at my workplace) to be diagnosed with “walking pneumonia.” Don’t know if it was this particular pneumonia, but strange coincidence. They were doing news stories here last month talking about how this thing has really hit little kids very hard... they have to put them in the hospital to monitor them or they will just stop breathing.


3 posted on 03/24/2011 1:13:55 PM PDT by ponygirl
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared...
(saying don't be afraid)
Come on baby...
(and she had no fear)
And she ran to him...
(then they started to fly)
They looked backward and said goodbye...
(she had become like they are)
She had taken his hand...
(she had become like they are)
Come on baby...
(Don't fear the reaper)

4 posted on 03/24/2011 1:17:02 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

why am I not surprised the worst hit area is LA?


5 posted on 03/24/2011 1:19:20 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: PGR88

Hopefully when the Jap/Rad drifts in it will kill the bug?


6 posted on 03/24/2011 1:21:13 PM PDT by de.rm ('Most people never believe anything you tell them unless it isn't true."-Groucho Marx)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Hmm. It looks like the Japanese people’s habit of wearing face masks might not be a bad one to copy.


7 posted on 03/24/2011 1:22:27 PM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Wow, my husband’s Grandmother passed away last Friday from Pnuemonia. Wonder if it was this.


8 posted on 03/24/2011 1:26:47 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Influenza, Flu Shots, and Vitamin D
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/newsletter/influenza-flu-shots-and-vitamin-d.shtml

This is only one of dozens of articles linking Vitamin D deficiency with influenza.


9 posted on 03/24/2011 1:28:00 PM PDT by Madam Theophilus
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To: Hoodat

10 posted on 03/24/2011 1:28:30 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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mostly among elderly patients at skilled-nursing and long-term care facilities Sounds like Ezekiel Emmanuel's wet dream.
11 posted on 03/24/2011 1:33:58 PM PDT by PENANCE
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

BOOP is a very insidious version of pneumonia as well. Difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat.


12 posted on 03/24/2011 1:35:37 PM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper
It was not clear from the study how many of the infections proved fatal, but other studies in the U.S. and Israel have shown that about 40% of patients with the infection die.

If most of the people getting it are elderly in long-term care and nursing homes then how about some statistics on the fatalities among those contracting it who are not 90 years old or on their last leg already.

13 posted on 03/24/2011 1:35:44 PM PDT by K-Stater
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To: K-Stater
If most of the people getting it are elderly in long-term care and nursing homes then how about some statistics on the fatalities among those contracting it who are not 90 years old or on their last leg already.

Because averaging in that data would make for an insufficiently dramatic headline.

14 posted on 03/24/2011 1:40:27 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

What a great movie...


15 posted on 03/24/2011 1:41:52 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: K-Stater

Elizabeth Taylor?


16 posted on 03/24/2011 1:44:12 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: ponygirl

I caught something at a rally at the capital(Maine) three weeks ago and it won’t let go.

Cough will not go away.

On my second round of antibiotics


17 posted on 03/24/2011 1:46:08 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: Fedupwithit
What the heck happened to hard-core sci-fi? Hollywood just forgot how to make it after 1971?
18 posted on 03/24/2011 1:49:25 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: donozark
Maybe, but she sure can dance like hell.


19 posted on 03/24/2011 1:50:58 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

I was actually afraid my heart would give out in the thick of this sickness. I could not catch my breath. I was so afraid it would spread to my wife as her lungs are weak. Now she is told she has “walking pneumonia” and is taking a strong course of antibiotics and is in misery.

This bug is obviously devastating to the elderly and young. I am shocked this is the first they I have read anything on it...


20 posted on 03/24/2011 1:53:30 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Sorry for typos: typed with IPhone)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper
Please...now it's all CG.

People are too lazy to think about movie plots, and get into characters.

All Hollyweird throws up there on the screen are bombs and creatures..

21 posted on 03/24/2011 1:59:00 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper
Please...now it's all CG.

People are too lazy to think about movie plots, and get into characters.

All Hollyweird throws up there on the screen are bombs and creatures..

Oh, BTW....BAZINGA!!! : )

22 posted on 03/24/2011 1:59:54 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: Hoodat

Wasn't me...
23 posted on 03/24/2011 2:02:31 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: Fedupwithit

Just out of curiosity- Could you tell me what movie that is?


24 posted on 03/24/2011 2:03:18 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Sometimes the road less traveled.... is less traveled for a reason.)
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To: ponygirl

I’ve had something that has given me a persistent cough and plugged up sinuses for about ten days now.

Exercise and Vitamin C seem to be doing the trick, but it’s not super-fun.


25 posted on 03/24/2011 2:06:44 PM PDT by djf (Dems and liberals: Let's redefine "marriage". We already redefined "natural born citizen".)
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To: JerseyDvl
The Amdromeda Strain

The first screenplay that Michael Chrichton ever wrote...great rainy day movie..

26 posted on 03/24/2011 2:07:48 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: JerseyDvl
The Andromeda Strain

The first screenplay that Michael Chrichton ever wrote...great rainy day movie..

27 posted on 03/24/2011 2:08:02 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

28 posted on 03/24/2011 2:56:25 PM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: ponygirl

It took out my family. I’m a very healthy guy in my mid-30’s and I got a flu shot. I had it for 3 weeks, started as flu symptoms then moved to my chest like bronchitis and ended with puking my brains out.

My 3 month old son got sick too. Needless to say it was a very scary time for us.

Thankfully, we survived.


29 posted on 03/24/2011 2:58:29 PM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Technically it’s killing 40% of those INFECTED, there’s no way to track how many people came in contact but didn’t get infected. And heck there’s even the possibility of people infected but not showing enough symptoms for anybody to know they were infected.

Remember the swine flu, and the bird flu, and SARS. Most of these things aren’t nearly as scary as the CDC wants us to fund.


30 posted on 03/24/2011 3:02:32 PM PDT by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: Hoodat

Disease, Disease
Spreading the disease
With some help from Captain Trips
He’ll bring the world down to his knees
Power, yes Power
He’ll show them all his power
It pulses through his ice cold blood
A whole world to devour

He’s seeing, He’s calling
His legacy, He’s spawning
He’s coming, corrupting
Among the living

I am the walkin’ dude
I can see all the world
Twist your minds with fear
I’m the man with power
Among the living
Follow me or die


31 posted on 03/24/2011 3:02:59 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: maine yankee

We’ve got a bug like that down here (FL). My 14 year old was sick for almost 4 weeks - it took 3 rounds of antibiotics to fix him up.

Now I’ve got it; I’ve been sick for a week and a half. The coughing fits would double me over. For a week I was so tired I had to sit down and rest after just walking across the house. Now I’m on antibiotics. I’m doing quite a bit better since I started the antibiotics, but I’m not well. I just hope this course of antibiotics gets rid of it.

I am hearing about a lot of bronchitis and pneumonia in our community, too. One of the kids at my son’s school was hospitalized for over 10 days. My kids’ pediatrician said it has been a very bad year for flus and other respiratory illnesses - he has been seeing a lot of sick kids.


32 posted on 03/24/2011 3:09:25 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper
For some reason that map resembles the H1N1 pandemic map that was going to decimate the United States if people didn't get their shots............


33 posted on 03/24/2011 3:10:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Madam Theophilus
This is only one of dozens of articles linking Vitamin D deficiency with influenza.

Thought strictly anecdotal, I started taking a vitamin D3 about a 18 months ago, I have not been sick even once, not even a sniffle.

34 posted on 03/24/2011 3:11:31 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: RandallFlagg

HAHAHA!


35 posted on 03/24/2011 3:13:11 PM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: ponygirl

We were all kncoked out by the same thing here in our office. We’re usually pretty good at not getting each other sick, but w/in a couple of days, we ALL had it.

Sucker took forever to leave....we still have coughs as well.


36 posted on 03/24/2011 3:13:32 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (“Too often, Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep"...RUN SARAH RUN!!)
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To: FiscalSanity

Just to be clear - I’m not in “OMG, Captain Trips is REAL!” camp. But there does seem to be a nasty bronchitis-causing illness circulating this season, and it is slow to respond to antibiotics. Given how sick it made me and my 14-year old, I could definitely see this illness causing a lot of fatalities among the elderly and other patients with weak immune systems.

For that reason, I’m talking to Mom by phone until I’m sure I’m not contagious any more.


37 posted on 03/24/2011 3:21:23 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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It took 6 weeks and two rounds of antibiotics to get rid of it,

Sorry to correct you but it took 6 weeks for your body to rid itself of the virus and the additional cost of visiting a doctor who gave you two useless antibiotics which have no affect on viruses whatsoever......The least you can do is give your own body the credit it deserves.

You're a GP's best friend........

38 posted on 03/24/2011 3:25:46 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: TSgt
OMG.

The Big Bird of Death!


39 posted on 03/24/2011 3:37:39 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldn’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: maine yankee

“Cough will not go away..”

We went through something similar about two months ago. The kids had it only a few days but my husband and I had it for at least 3 weeks. The tiredness was horrible and coughing caused your ribs to actually ache. Feel better soon.


40 posted on 03/24/2011 4:26:20 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Popman

My husband and I have had the same experience.


41 posted on 03/24/2011 5:34:05 PM PDT by Madam Theophilus
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To: TSgt
I rarely get sick enough to need antibiotics....

..but whatever 'it' is.....that's going around....it made me very ill and I needed 2 rounds of antibiotics, plus a 10 day regimen of low dosage steroids to get rid of it.....

..the coughing was terrible...

..even after a month, I still have a lingering cough.

42 posted on 03/24/2011 7:14:06 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Nope, I waited ten days before starting the antibiotics and virus was already out of my system. I am prone to severe sinus infections, which are bacterial and can be triggered by anything that includes nasal congestion. But I appreciate the totally non-confrontational concern you’ve displayed as someone who has never met me and knows absolutely jack-**** about my medical history.


43 posted on 03/24/2011 7:14:16 PM PDT by ponygirl
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To: Popman

I was and had been taking Vitamin D3 when I came down with this superbug.


44 posted on 03/24/2011 7:16:36 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Popman

Same here. I started Vitamin D last week. Nary a sniffle yet.


45 posted on 03/24/2011 7:19:53 PM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: Popman; Guenevere

We have been taking Vitamin D3 religiously for well over a year as well. Went all winter without getting sick. I’m always saying, “did you take your D3 today?” But it didn’t stop this...we all got sick, my daughter very sick, and it lingers. I still definitely believe in the Vitamin D3, but it’s disconcerting when something like this comes along.


46 posted on 03/24/2011 8:41:28 PM PDT by indoor girl
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To: indoor girl
My sentiments exactly!....for what Vit D-3 is promoted to do, I thought I would be immune....

..I've been taking 2000iu daily for months.

But if this is a 'superbug'...then I guess we were without the defenses needed to thwart it :(

47 posted on 03/25/2011 9:08:42 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Popman

You will not get the flu if you get tested for vitamin d, and thereafter get your D3 levels up to over 60. It takes a different amount of supplementation for each of us to get our levels of d3 up to a therapeutic level. You need to keep getting tested until you find what you need to take. But you will not get sick even after exposed. Period.


48 posted on 03/25/2011 9:15:15 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Popman
Thought strictly anecdotal, I started taking a vitamin D3 about a 18 months ago, I have not been sick even once, not even a sniffle.

Though strickly anecdotal, I am at 16 months and counting.

49 posted on 03/25/2011 10:57:42 AM PDT by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper; neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; ...

Ping


50 posted on 03/26/2011 3:45:35 PM PDT by decimon
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