NYT: New wave of anti-biotic-resistent germs invades hospitals.And they have no drug to stop it. My advice: stay out of hospitals.
The germ is one of a category of bacteria that by some estimates are already killing tens of thousands of hospital patients each year. While the organisms do not receive as much attention as the one known as MRSA — for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — some infectious-disease specialists say they could emerge as a bigger threat.
That is because there are several drugs, including some approved in the last few years, that can treat MRSA. But for a combination of business reasons and scientific challenges, the pharmaceuticals industry is pursuing very few drugs for Acinetobacter and other organisms of its type, known as Gram-negative bacteria. Meanwhile, the germs are evolving and becoming ever more immune to existing antibiotics.
“In many respects it’s far worse than MRSA,” said Dr. Louis B. Rice, an infectious-disease specialist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland V.A. Medical Center and at Case Western Reserve University. “There are strains out there, and they are becoming more and more common, that are resistant to virtually every antibiotic we have”.
Funny (ha ha) – NBC devoted 11 minutes to the Toyota throttle issue earlier this week and of course we were all treated to the spectacle of Congressional hearing on the matter, yet these buggers are killing tens of thousands of people a year. Not sexy enough for prime time, I suppose.