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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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