U.S. Centers for Disease Control: What Do You Do When You’re Out of Bullets Against MDR Superbugs?

U.S. Centers for Disease Control: What Do You Do When You’re Out of Bullets Against MDR Superbugs?

The first week of March 2013 brought us news and headlines like the following: ‘Nightmare’ Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes TUESDAY, March 5 — A “nightmare” bacteria that is resistant to powerful antibiotics and kills half of those it infects has surfaced in nearly 200 U.S. hospitals and nursing homes, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 4 percent of U.S. hospitals and 18 percent of nursing homes had treated at…

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So What About the Flu?

So What About the Flu?

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed somewhere between 20 and 40 million people, more than the total of those who died in World War I.  It has been called the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague. The 1918 influenza virus was a strain that is known today as H1N1.  Interestingly, a variant of H1N1 is the “Swine Flu” strain circulating the…

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Whistling Past the Graveyard… Antibiotic Resistance

Whistling Past the Graveyard… Antibiotic Resistance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released the report, “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013” (hereafter, the “Report”) which announced that “antimicrobial resistance is one of our most serious health threats”.  The Report, which runs more than 100 pages, describes itself to be “a snapshot of the complex problem of antibiotic resistance today and the potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction”.  Its overriding purpose is “to increase awareness of the threat that antibiotic resistance poses and to encourage…

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