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Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Reach 27 U.S. States

By , April 8th, 2018 | 3 Comments »

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that there are more than 221 antibiotic-resistant superbug infections throughout 27 states. Considering that there are only 12 superbug infections recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the phenomenon has recently earned the nickname “nightmare bacteria.”

A superbug infection could cost you a good $1,233 if you’re uninsured, based on that’s the median estimated cost of an emergency room visit — and 27.3 million Americans currently lack insurance.

Unfortunately, there is no real way to protect yourself against nightmare bacteria. The most you can do is learn more about it as information becomes available.

Nightmare Bacteria and Superbugs

Superbugs, in general, are infections that have been able to outsmart antibiotics and, therefore, become untreatable. It is estimated that 2 million people contract a superbug each year. Of these 2 million, about 23,000 people die.

Here’s the scary part: Most superbugs are contracted in hospitals and other medical facilities. Two of the most common species that officials have identified are: Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

C. difficile, like many superbugs, spreads through feces. When bacteria in feces are spread from person to person and come into contact with food and hard surfaces, it spreads. The best way to guard yourself from this superbug is to simply wash your hands frequently.

Gut Bacteria Get Lethal

CRE is a little harder to control and can be lethal for those who contract it. It consists of gut bacteria that moves to other places in the body. If the bacteria moves to, say, the urinary tract, it can be deadly.

Here’s another disturbing fact about superbugs: 11% of the people carrying them show no symptoms — and it’s possible they continue not to show while the carriers continue to spread the superbugs for years.

However, by following protocol, it’s possible to contain the spread of superbugs. In fact, CDC Director Dr. Anne Schuchat has said that the federal agency has documented that an aggressive approach to prevention can work.

The CDC hopes to find a way to treat the superbugs before they impact more people in more states — hopefully there’s there’s still enough time.

Readers, what have you been doing to stay healthy? How concerned are you about the spread of so-called superbugs and nightmare bacteria?

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