A superbug which had raised fears among the medical establishment was recently detected in a female in the United States.
A case of a superbug has appeared in the United States and it is the first instance of its kind. The bad news is that it cannot be wiped out using the standard means. Even the most broad-spectrum of antibiotics will not do the job since the superbug is so resistant to treatment.
The CDC made the announcement recently. A middle-aged female from Pennsylvania had caught the superbug. It happened to be a rare kind of E.coli bacteria. The trouble as pointed out earlier is that it is resistant to treatment.
Even Colistin which is a last resort for doctors didn’t do the job of eliminating the symptoms of this superbug. The woman happened to get tested in a clinic in Pennsylvania and so the superbug was detected in her urine sample, according to CNN.
No details on how the lady got the disease in the first place were divulged by the physicians. Since the past five months or so, she has been quarantined in the United States.
Further investigation into the matter is ongoing. The worrisome thing is whether the woman has had any contact with others. If this is so, the superbug may have spread to more than one person by now.
This is a serious health threat if it were to come true. There have been reports which say that people who catch this superbug may be susceptible to mortality in more than half the cases.
This again spells trouble. The whole issue lies with antibiotics which are not doing what they were supposed to do. The superbugs have become immune to them and so the medical establishment is at its wit’s end.
Antibiotics that are useless happen to constitute the biggest problem the global village is facing today. While this is the first such case in the US of A, in the future there may be many more like it which will make their appearance one by one.
The solution is not the overuse of antibiotics but the extensive exploration of new channels of prophylaxis. Each year 2 million Americans become sick due to bacteria and the antibiotics don’t work to cure them.
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This is indeed a dire situation that requires a solution in the short term. 23,000 of these 2 million actually die due to the impotency of the antibiotics they are administered.