‘Nightmare bacteria’ – strain of antibiotic-resistant E. Coli – found in U.S. for first time

‘Nightmare bacteria’ – strain of antibiotic-resistant E. Coli – found in U.S. for first time
CDC Director Thomas Frieden

[Ed. – So this is really not good.]

The Washington Post reported a 49-year-old woman from Pennsylvania tested positive for an antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli. It’s the first time someone in the U.S. has been infected with this type of bacteria. The strain was found in the woman’s urine and is resistant to the antibiotic colistin, which is a drug of last resort against superbugs, including CRE, which is known as “nightmare bacteria.”

Up to 50 percent of patients who contract CRE die.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.”

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