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A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US

If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on. Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics. “It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion. Although this isn’t the first time ...

California Medical Association Foundation Promotes “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”

Sacramento – The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation joins hundreds of organizations across the globe including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in raising awareness around “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” through its Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) program. The AWARE project began in 2001, when the CMA Foundation, together with the California State Parent Teacher Association, the California Department of Health Services and representatives from health plans, the pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups initiated a five-year project to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in California. “Project AWARE has been ...

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the US

BY LENA H. SUN AND BRADY DENNISWashington Post For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying a bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean "the end of the road" for antibiotics. The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Department of Defense researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday inAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. ...

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