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Superbug Found In Los Angeles May Be Cause For Concern
CBSLA.com ^ | March 5, 2013 11:11 PM

Posted on 03/13/2013 8:56:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A new threat emerges as a strand of untreatable and potentially deadly bacteria has begun spreading throughout the U.S., and health officials say one of these bugs is in Los Angeles.

The bacteria, called C.R.E., is spreading throughout hospitals all across the country. These “superbugs” are resistant to almost all antibiotics, have high mortality rates, and can spread their resistance to other bacteria.

Dr. Suman Radhakrishna, the chair of infection control at the California Hospital Medical Center, says that these bacteria are usually found in the colon.

“They can cause bloodstream infections, urinary type infections, and bowel infections,” Dr. Radhakrishna said.

These infections have been fought by hospitals and long-term care centers for years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the superbugs have now been found in 42 states.

Dr. Radhakrishna reports that this bug is allowed to spread by the combination of excessive antibiotic use with the failure of health care workers to wash their hands.

“If they don’t wash their hands between patients, they are liable to carry the infection from one person to another,” Radhakrishna said. “So the entire community gets exposed to these bacteria, and then its a problem.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Health says they first became aware of these infections in 2010.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: losangeles; superbug

1 posted on 03/13/2013 8:56:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Just spreading the diseases that Americans won’t.


2 posted on 03/13/2013 8:56:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Great...


3 posted on 03/13/2013 8:59:15 PM PDT by diamond6 (Need scientific proof of God? Check out: http://www.magisreasonfaith.org/)
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To: BenLurkin

What are the symptoms of these?


4 posted on 03/13/2013 9:05:45 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: BenLurkin

Have these people never considered changing disposable plastic gloves between patients in addition to thorough hand washing.

They should isolate the infected patients from the rest of the hospital community too, I should think.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 9:06:16 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: BenLurkin

Have these people never considered changing disposable plastic gloves between patients in addition to thorough hand washing.

They should isolate the infected patients from the rest of the hospital community too, I should think.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 9:07:02 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: basil

Crazy as it sounds, nurses are not required to have a course in microbiology. Many of them do not understand universal precautions like changing gloves between patients. Take care of your health!


7 posted on 03/13/2013 9:11:02 PM PDT by STYRO (War sucks. Living in slavery sucks even worse.)
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To: BenLurkin

“The bacteria, called C.R.E., is spreading throughout hospitals all across the country.”

Which is one of the reasons I don’t go to the doctor or the hospital, unless I am unconscious and can’t refuse to go.


8 posted on 03/13/2013 9:15:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: BenLurkin
Superbug Found In Los Angeles May Be Cause For Concern

1972 SuperBug

Looks harmless.

9 posted on 03/13/2013 9:17:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: UCANSEE2

I suppose if enough people catch this and survive, then the population as a whole will develop a natural resistance?


10 posted on 03/13/2013 9:19:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: smoothsailing

And after the EMP attack...it will be one of the few vehicles still operable....


11 posted on 03/13/2013 9:20:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: basil

If someone is known to have a superbacteria, then there are many precautions taken. If it isn’t known, then hands may be washed or latex gloves worn, but it can still be passed around on a sleeve, etc.

” CDC guidance for controlling CRE rests on traditional infection control strategy: rigorous hand cleaning by staff and visitors; isolating infected patients and requiring gowns and gloves for anyone contacting them; cutting antibiotic use to slow the development of resistant bacteria; and limiting use of invasive medical devices, such as catheters, that give bacteria a path into the body.

But the measure that may hold the most promise is contentious: screening patients for the bacteria so carriers can be isolated. There’s disparate opinion over who should be screened. Every patient? Only those whose history puts them at high risk for infection? Only those showing symptoms?”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/29/bacteria-deadly-hospital-infection/1727667/


12 posted on 03/13/2013 9:25:16 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (America is becoming California, and California is becoming Detroit. Detroit is already hell.)
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To: UCANSEE2

You and me both!

I follow a strict regimen of hot sauce and beer. And whatever else is in season (winter is short on greens and vitamin D)

They are collapsing all around me at work; I reject their ninny sicknesses in the Name of Our Lord.

Got over a year’s worth of sick leave on the books it’s all smoke....


13 posted on 03/13/2013 9:40:34 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: BenLurkin

Anyone worried about antibiotic resistance is someone who is unknowledgeable about phages.


14 posted on 03/13/2013 9:42:16 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack

I had to look phages up.

Seems pretty exotic.

“Are Phage Viruses the Forgotten Cure for Superbugs?”
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=are-phage-viruses-forgotten-cure-for-superbugs


15 posted on 03/13/2013 9:50:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
Dr. Suman Radhakrishna, the chair of infection control at the California Hospital Medical Center, says that these bacteria are usually found in the colon.

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Which reminds me. While in Whole Foods men's room Sunday, as an employee who had left his apron and chopping knife outside, finished his vile stall business he then approached the sink and turned on the cold water, pretended to wash for 3 seconds and scurried away and back to produce. I left without saying anything. Normally I would, it wouldn't be the first time, but I was so disgusted I thought better of it.

And we know this goes on all the time everywhere, right? No wonder bacteria spreads so widely, rapidly. It aught to be a capital offense consistent with an over-sized coke. Auld Nanny Bloomberg missed the mark methinks.

16 posted on 03/13/2013 9:56:54 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: smoothsailing

L
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17 posted on 03/13/2013 9:57:34 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: BenLurkin

In Los Angeles?
Huh..
Ping me if it crosses the Mississippi.


18 posted on 03/13/2013 10:12:22 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BenLurkin
These “superbugs” are resistant to almost all antibiotics, have high mortality rates, and can spread their resistance to other bacteria.

Sounds a lot like Marxism; fortunately, we'd never have to be concerned the feral government might deliberately unleash a plague.

19 posted on 03/13/2013 11:22:31 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: smoothsailing

Looks harmless.

Not if it gets stuck in your colon....

20 posted on 03/13/2013 11:55:27 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Mr Rogers

Let’s surely hope that this bacteria doesn’t spread through the gay community or the people who get this infection will be given special civil rights instead of being quarantined as they ought to.


21 posted on 03/13/2013 11:57:36 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: BenLurkin

Engineered?


22 posted on 03/14/2013 12:05:42 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: BenLurkin
doctors are very inconsistant in washing their hands between patients...and visitors go in and out of rooms, even isolation rooms, without proper isolation gowns or gloves, and wander the halls, the public br's and use the water fountain, and go to the cafeteria....

there is absolutely no legal way to keep anyone in isolation or to prevent visitors from going in and out without washing hands...

there is the problem....

but dumping on care givers is always the easy way out....

23 posted on 03/14/2013 2:05:09 AM PDT by cherry
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To: STYRO
you're an idiot....Rns are 4 yr college grads anymore and even we oldsters took micro....

its a federal mandate to wash hands in/out of rooms....gloves for all expected contact with blood,bodily fluids....

24 posted on 03/14/2013 2:08:10 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Southack
I like phages because they look like killer robots.


25 posted on 03/14/2013 2:15:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Republicans have the same policies as the Democrats, except for the part where they win elections.)
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To: BenLurkin

SEAL THE DAMNED BORDERS!


26 posted on 03/14/2013 2:26:22 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Mr Rogers

Think of all the surfaces these patients touch throughout the hospital before they are even assigned to a room. ER waiting rooms, exam rooms, xray, possible surgery, etc, etc.


27 posted on 03/14/2013 3:02:57 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: BenLurkin
"Masks" Animated Short Film (2011)
28 posted on 03/14/2013 3:31:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Updated [http://tinyurl.com/d2opv9v] [http://tinyurl.com/ccqyjmb])
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To: cherry

Hey Cherry,
I couldn’t believe it either. The Mrs. graduated with RN/BSN two years ago and daughter will be RN this spring. Neither took microbiology. I tell you it is not required. Certainly it was years ago, but no longer. Sure hope I have an ‘oldster’ if I need care!


29 posted on 03/14/2013 5:44:29 AM PDT by STYRO (War sucks. Living in slavery sucks even worse.)
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To: BenLurkin

It would really help if the idiots who write this stuff were not too lazy to actually look up information and could write above the level of a 3rd grader.

From the CDC website:

CRE, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics. Klebsiella species and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are examples of Enterobacteriaceae, a normal part of the human gut bacteria, that can become carbapenem-resistant. Types of CRE are sometimes known as KPC (Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase) and NDM (New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase). KPC and NDM are enzymes that break down carbapenems and make them ineffective.

Healthy people usually do not get CRE infections. In healthcare settings, CRE infections most commonly occur among patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Patients whose care requires devices like ventilators (breathing machines), urinary (bladder) catheters, or intravenous (vein) catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics are most at risk for CRE infections.


30 posted on 03/14/2013 5:45:10 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: BenLurkin
health officials say one of these bugs is in Los Angeles

As long as it's just one, step on it and squish it. Done, humankind saved.

31 posted on 03/14/2013 5:57:27 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks for that link. Fascinating, and the piece is well written.

Found this sentence troubling though:

Meat and seafood companies are spraying the viruses on their equipment to protect consumers from foodborne illness.

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Reminds me of what happened with penicillin shortly after it was discovered. I remember reading that it was being put into all sorts of products as a prophylactic, which, of course, helped to make bacteria resistant and caused other problems, as well.


32 posted on 03/14/2013 6:11:26 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Lancey Howard

Quick...blow the bridges!


33 posted on 03/14/2013 8:34:49 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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