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Drug-Resistant ‘Super Bug’ Hits LA County Hospitals, Nursing Homes
CBS) ^ | March 24, 2011 8:17 AM | John Brooks

Posted on 03/26/2011 9:12:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Dr. Brad Spellberg, an infectious disease expert at Harbor UCLA Medical Center says there is no current teatment for CRKP bacteria — and there might not be any in the future either.

County health officials warn the elderly are especially at risk of CRKP infections. (Getty Images) “There’s been a complete collapse in the development of new antibiotics over the last decade…and in the next decade there isn’t going to be anything that becomes available that’s going to be able to treat these bacteria,” said Spellberg.

Medical expert Dr. David Baron of Primary Caring in Malibu cautions hospital visitors that there’s no need to panic, but advises people visiting their loved ones to examine the standards of the intensive care units

Officials say that so far only six percent of the so-called “super bug” cases in the county were found in hospitals.

(Excerpt) Read more at losangeles.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Science
KEYWORDS: antibiotics; crkp; superbug

1 posted on 03/26/2011 9:12:38 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

The only prudent thing to do is to nuke LA from orbit.


2 posted on 03/26/2011 9:36:48 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: BenLurkin
These bugs seems to gravitate towards nursing homes, where there is a homogeneic population.

Nature really abhors homogeneity and will find every avenue to upset the system by introducing diverse elements to create a chaotic condition.

3 posted on 03/26/2011 9:42:11 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Been done long ago,LA has been out of orbit for years.


4 posted on 03/26/2011 9:44:43 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: BenLurkin
to examine the standards of the intensive care units

And how does one do this exactly?

5 posted on 03/26/2011 9:47:20 AM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

It’s the only way to be sure.


6 posted on 03/26/2011 9:48:11 AM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: BenLurkin

Most likely, for five million years, humanity carried Polio with it. Nobody ever suffered from Polio. Why? Because every human, low borne or king, was exposed every day to human waste. Then, Polio appeared in Sweden. Why Sweden? Because Sweden was the first country on Earth with universal flush toilets. But it took twenty years, a full generation, before the cleanliness bomb detonated. Twenty years is how long it takes to raise a generation of people who had never been exposed to Polio. Polio followed the advent of universal flush toilets around the globe; by twenty years.

Now, you can find amazingly effective antibacterial wipes, gels and soap virtually everywhere. I’ve seen dispensers at the entrance of grocery stores. I’ve seen them in auto parts stores. Companies put them in hallways for employees. I fear they are another cleanliness bomb waiting to go off. Why? They kill 98% of the bacteria on your hands. The remaining 2% is immune to the most powerful antibacterial agent known.

Our hands are like your front yard. Kill one type of grass and weeds now have an opening to flourish. What monster is this OCD cleanliness compulsion breeding?

A different problem is: why are there no new antibiotics? Look no farther than our own regulatory and legal environment. The high cost and risk of both mean that only treatments get investment dollars; not cures.


7 posted on 03/26/2011 9:54:38 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: BenLurkin

I work in a hospital and at this point there is so much MRSA that we do not need any more bugs. This scares the SHIIITE out of us health care workers.


8 posted on 03/26/2011 9:59:56 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: crazydad

Just lost a cousin to MRSA.


9 posted on 03/26/2011 10:04:26 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: BenLurkin
Similar thread here.
10 posted on 03/26/2011 10:13:01 AM 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: bitterohiogunclinger

The big earthquake and the sea are going to take care of LA.


11 posted on 03/26/2011 10:38:31 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: BenLurkin

Colloidal Silver, and NO, you won’t turn blue.


12 posted on 03/26/2011 10:39:45 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Given that med staff/care staff are a big vector in transmitting infections from one patient to another, it’s not hard to see how it makes its way to other patients in a home or hospital.


13 posted on 03/26/2011 10:39:57 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: crazydad

The next generation of antibiotics are coming out of plants and herbs and spices. Tapping their mechanisms that keep them alive and hearty.

Garlic, oregano, lemon, etc. I’ve read several drug companies have identified certain elements that are responsible for stopping and/or killing viruses and are working on products based on this.


14 posted on 03/26/2011 10:44:12 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Looking at the world map plotting CRKP, it looks like this infection is pandemic in the United States, including my home town in Alaska, while rather sparse throughout the rest of the world. Explanation, anyone!


15 posted on 03/26/2011 11:22:53 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... Iowa 61)
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To: ArmyTeach

I’m trying to find it again, but a world map was posted with sites plotting the advance of CRKP.
Africa, virtually non-existent; Asia, very little; ditto Russia; Europe, moderate; North America, inundated.


16 posted on 03/26/2011 11:29:09 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... Iowa 61)
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To: ArmyTeach

This is another bug that is of the same type as MRSA...MRSA is methacillin resistant staphylococcus aureus...and there is ORSA (oxacillin resistant staph aureus)...VRSA (vancomycin resistant staph aureus...now CRKP (carbapenem resistant klebsiella pneumonia)....the drug companies and the doctors are at fault in all of these as the drug companies push high powered antibiotics into the health field and the doctors order them for every problem imaginable...from a minor sore throat to a serious infection..the bacteria have learned to love these antibiotics and flourish....and the drug companies put out another one and the doctors over use and abuse it...and the beat goes on and on...and we die.


17 posted on 03/26/2011 11:35:31 AM PDT by imfrmdixie (“If you're in it, win it. If there's doubt, get out.” Palin on foreign policy.)
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To: ArmyTeach
Perhaps because in other areas of the world they don't run toward antibiotics to treat every sniffle so there's less “bugs” being exposed and surviving to become resistant.

I'm also inclined to believe that the trend of running around sanitizing everything anybody touches and over use of antimicrobials probably is preventing some from being exposed to and building up natural antibodies to a lot of things.

It could also be that people in other parts of the world don't end up in hospitals and nursing homes. They tend to die in the bush with little or no record keeping, or die from AK47 poisoning.

18 posted on 03/26/2011 12:12:26 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger; imfrmdixie

Yep, and yep


19 posted on 03/26/2011 12:35:13 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... Iowa 61)
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To: Gen.Blather

There was an article in the Times about some nitwit mother who protected her daughter from everything, never let her get dirty, couldn’t play outside, washed her hands with anti-bacterial soap all the time, basically treated her like a protected lab rat.

Well, turns out her daughter is allergic to EVERYTHING: dairy, wheat, peanuts, shellfish, everything, and the doctors figured out that because she had never been exposed to anything her immune system never learned how to fight anything...verifies the excellent point you are making.

Ed


20 posted on 03/26/2011 2:44:05 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: BenLurkin

Just a bit of science trivia for anyone interested: the bacteria was named when the investigating scientist accidentally inhaled it and spent the rest of the day bent over on his hands and knees puking with his CRacKuP.


21 posted on 03/26/2011 4:45:08 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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