USA TODAY recently ran an article, “Deadly ‘superbugs’ invade U.S. health care facilities“. The article is not only timely but was well-researched and did a good job of putting multi-drug resistant micro-organisms (“MDR Superbugs”) back into the spotlight; at least, for the moment. Of course, readers of the Bio/Tech News have known about this potential threat for years now. But to the extent USA TODAY has contributed to the effort to raise the general awareness about this real and growing threat, we applaud them.
The focus of the article was the increasing proliferation of CREs (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae) into the health care system. CREs are bacteria which have developed the capability of being able to defeat one of our last lines of antibiotic defense. Since there is currently no antibiotic which we can rely upon to successfully combat CREs, the article reports the only possible “solution” currently being offered is to develop ways for hospitals to more quickly screen and track the presence of these incredibly dangerous, increasingly virile opponents.
We dealt with CREs in a previous issue of the Bio/Tech News and provided possible “off the beaten path” solutions for our readers. If you are currently one of our Subscribers, you can access that Special Report here. In addition, we encourage you to visit our, “MDR Superbugs Blog” where you will find critically important information about the coming worldwide pandemic and what you can do to avoid becoming a casualty.