Antibiotic-resistant ‘nightmare germs’ found across Florida
An outbreak of so-called “nightmare germs” have infected patients in hospitals across Florida. These germs are resistant to almost all antibiotics and is causing health concerns to the Center of Disease Control, CDC. According to CDC estimates, the germs are dangerous, killing more than 40 percent of those with serious infections.
The Palm Beach Post reports that the outbreak of carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae, CRE, had a mortality rate of 69 percent.
‘’Hospitals are not particularly motivated to broadcast that they have highly resistant strains,’’ said Dr. Glenn Morris, director of the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute.
Morris said it’s critical that public health officials and researchers learn the scale of the drug-resistance problem now, when medicine may be at a turning point.
That’s exceedingly difficult because of the lack of reporting and research money, he said.
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