Midnight In The Desert — superbugs

One Way to Get Rid of Bedbugs: Burn the House Down

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One Way to Get Rid of Bedbugs: Burn the House Down

You might want to do anything to get rid of bedbugs, but adding fire to the mix didn't end well for one Cincinnati woman trying to rid her apartment of the tiny creeps. As the AP reports, she accidentally started a house fire while trying to kill bedbugs with rubbing alcohol on Friday, causing $250,000 in damage and hospitalizing three people with smoke inhalation. Ten people are now homeless. "When I got here the whole house was on fire," one resident tells Fox 19. "I'll start from scratch. It's like a dream....everything is burnt. I'll start fresh. It's all we...

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Scary New Superbug Is Popping Up in More Places

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Scary New Superbug Is Popping Up in More Places

The “new superbug” MCR—actually a gene, carried by gut bacteria, that confers resistance to the absolutely last-ditch antibiotic colistin—has been in the United States for at least a year, according to a new report. The gene was first identified last year and caused a flurry of alarm when it was spotted for the first time in the U.S. in May, after being found in bacteria from people, animals and meat in more than 30 countries. That first U.S. identification came from a just-diagnosed woman in Pennsylvania. But in a letter posted Monday by the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, researchers...

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The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.

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The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying 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. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coliresistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery “heralds the emergence...

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Superbugs on Track to Kill More People Than Cancer

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Superbugs on Track to Kill More People Than Cancer

Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are on track to kill more people than cancer, the UK’s chief financial minister will warn Thursday. By 2050, Chancellor George Osborne will say, antimicrobial resistance could claim the lives of as many as 10 million people a year globally unless global action is taken. By comparison, the World Heath Organization (WHO) estimates that 8.2 million people die each year from cancer. The message that Osborne is set to deliver in Washington, D.C. to delegates at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting will focus on the economic costs of the problem as well. “My message here at the...

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China’s tap water could be a major breeding ground for “superbugs”

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China’s tap water could be a major breeding ground for “superbugs”

China’s tap water won’t just give you a bad stomach. It could also be a breeding ground for so-called superbugs. Not only have large colonies of bacteria been found in the nation’s water pipes, but some otherwise harmless bacteria are becoming drug-resistant, according to a study led by Yu Xin, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The tendency of bacteria to become drug-resistant arises from the colonies growing so large that so-called “superbugs”—already-drug-resistant bacteria—can transfer resistance to otherwise largely harmless bacteria. Drug-resistant bacteria are immune to antibiotics, rendering useless the most common cure for many kinds of infections....

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