Influenza and Bacterial Co-infections: a Deadly Duo

Bacterial Coinfections in Lung Tissue Specimens from Fatal Cases of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1)

This is the title of a brief report on the CDC’s MMWR website (CDC = “Centers for Disease Control” and MMWR = “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”).  It’s no longer breaking news but it is still an important piece of relevant information you don’t want to miss.  This was the first official article we noticed after having published our Special Report, “Superbugs: the Coming Deadly Global Pandemic“, which addressed the matter over which we expressed great concern, viz., various strains of opportunistic, multidrug-resistant pathogenic bacteria could end up being responsible for many, if not most deaths associated with any future influenza pandemic.  Be sure to take a look at the post, “But What About the Flu?” on our blog, MDR Superbugs and you’ll see why all the concern on our part.


Surviving a Hospital Stay

When it comes to the matter of Hospital-acquired Infections (HAIs) the situation here in the US is becoming dangerous enough that you really don’t want to spend time in a hospital if there’s any way to avoid it.  To get a feel for how serious the situation has become, see the section “Death By Medicine” in our recent Special Report, “Superbugs: the Coming Deadly Global Pandemic”, which is posted on this website for your convenience.

The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID) has published a brief and helpful article, “15 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk of a Hospital Infection”.  RID is chaired by former Lt. Governor of New York, Dr. Betsy McCaughey.  Dr. McCaughey has been a strong patient advocate since 2004 and has been very effective in raising public awareness of the problem of Hospital-acquired Infections.  We encourage you to visit RID’s website for more information: