Skip to comments.Outbreak of ‘nightmare bacteria’ in Illinois stirs worry
Posted on 01/08/2014 11:11:33 PM PST by Olog-hai
The largest outbreak to date of one strain of what authorities have called nightmare bacteria is adding to concerns about the spread of such drug-resistant bugs.
The outbreak, centered on a hospital in a Chicago suburb, has infected 44 people in Illinois over the past year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The bug, known as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, bears a rare enzyme that breaks down antibiotics.
This is a huge cluster, said Alex Kallen, a medical officer with the CDC and supervisor for the Illinois outbreak investigation, noting that only 97 cases of the infection have been reported to the agency since 2009. The superbug, which typically lives in the intestines and is part of a large family of bacteria, can be spread via fecal matter. It isnt typically transmitted by casual contact outside hospitals.
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Does the article say what hospital it is? I don’t have a subscription to the WSJ. (I live in the Chicago suburbs.)
It’s the Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge.
Sounds like gun control.
The superbug, which typically lives in the intestines and is part of a large family of bacteria, can be spread via fecal matter.
Yep. Definitely Democrats and their gun control legislation.
Sorry. It's a serious thread. But I couldn't resist.
It’s the Rham Emanuel virus.
PBS Frontline had a very scary episode about this type of bacteria:
If there is any way you can, stay away from hospitals.
Factor in low paid custodial staff, millions of new Medicaid patients, millions of foreign born immigrants, and it might be much safer to die at home.
Can’t say much good about a newspaper which has a “ killer bacteria outbreak” news story and then hides it behind a damned pay wall. Presumably this gross slap in the face of concerned / worried Americans is just more of the “rich greedy pig one percent elite’s “ contempt for the good downtrodden poor people who, through kapitalist exploitation are impoverished, oppressed and victimized on a daily basis and cannot afford a WSJ subscription. “Let them eat cake” is now “ let them die from the killer bacteria we won’t tell them about”. At least, at the WSJournal. ???? Or?
I can imagine Joseph Lister’s reaction to today’s hospitals. He would shudder at the near-100 percent reversal on his antiseptic techniques.
Sounds like something of great concern to our "gay" friends.
Spread by “fecal matter?” How could that happen? Does it involve sodomy, by some chance?
The outbreak, centered on a hospital in a Chicago suburb, has...
Ah. More goodness from the Chicago area. The gift that keeps on giving, I guess, eh?
Every “killer bacteria” story goes like “44 people died in a year”. Okay, well so it got 44 in a year. Let me know when one gets 44 million in 6 months. Then I will start worrying.
The gun hatred (I wouldn’t call it mere fear) are only a proxy for a raging dread of God.
But nobody needs to dread God any more, because... well, Isaiah 53 spells it out. It’s the original Christian faith before Christendom let its mission vision get diluted to making society nice but keeping the unique work of the Cross politely hidden because all of a sudden things get very inconvenient when that’s brought up. Rolling sin backward gets Satan roaring in your face. He keeps losing, but our pride does not like it when we temporarily lose nerve while it’s happening.
All in my humble/honest opinion of course, but check it out and see if it’s true.
Anyhow, back to these germs. MY READ on the work of God is that there are going to be challenges, but nothing is going to fundamentally knock the healing arts powerless, though Satan is going to try very hard. They are a symbol of God’s mercy. Other technologies will come down the pipeline to meet these destructive bacteria. But we need to take these mini-plagues as warnings, because if our home is not in heaven, we are going to be trembling in our boots every single time we hear about them.
I have a son who lives in Lisle, about 20 miles from the city. He has an infection almost impossible to conquer, and I spent a month and a half this fall trying to help him with getting his house cleaned up from filth deposited by flooding last spring.
God knows what kind of disease was in that dirt deposited. He had been in the hospital twice over this infection, and unable to work or do for himself this summer.
Where can I find more on this, a clinical-type report/discussion?
I’d recommend your friend look in a different direction, to God. God is master over everything that happens in the world. He knows where every last atom is. Evils come to warn us of our need. I pray the Lord that your friend might have this infection purged from his body, but I hope he notes there is an infection of the soul called sin which needs a cure, and its quarantine area is called this mortal coil.
Not mysterious. The area is flat. Someone with a bulldozer and time on their hands with no engineering direction can seriously shift the 100-year flood line in this plain.
This spring, the areas in which my sons live (Lisle, Bolingbrook)had heavy flooding this spring. My son's cellar was filled almost to the first floor, and spoiled about $30,000 of servers and other equipment and records. And his well is situated under an addition to the house. A real mess.
The fecal matter swept from anywhere on the flood plain surface just gets redistributed everywhere by the hydraulics of the flooding, and deposited with the filth settling out when the water recedes. It contaminates everything.
I am so concerned for my son, and his home. This has nothing to do with your suapicions (which is a quite separate issue).
In addition, there are amazing statistics on the percentages of men and women who don't wash their hands adequately after using the bathroom (or don't wash them at all). The percentages are developed by examining the test subject's hands (via swabbing, I believe) for minute particles of fecal matter.
The problem here at this point is the effect this last year of flooding in the area described, I think. And the hospitals serving infected persons can concentrate the infection, and become infecting "Typhoid Annies" if great care of hygeine is not uniformly maintained at these sites.
I know your thoughts are well-intentioned, but in this issue are at least probably peripheral, if not perhaps misplaced. The basic overriding issue is one of sanitation and disease control, however much guided by intents of doing good through spiritual counseling.