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CRKP New Antibiotic Resistant Superbug Making It’s Way Through Southern California Healthcare Facilities

Posted Mar 25 2011 3:25pm

Fatality rates show worse than MRSA, but it tends to strike more of the elderly population.  Even healthy people could transmit the bacteria.  It comes down to washing hands again and there are some technology solutions that can help out image here and they works well and even the VA is installing the system.

In addition, one doctor said stuffing paper gowns into gloves helps too.

So far 350 cases have been reported and wonder if this will jump into the “never-never” category?   The bacteria was first reported in New York and cases are not just in hospitals but also nursing homes.  It is more difficult to treat than MRSA, so this is a big concern by all means and the video states that 40% of people who contract the disease have passed away.  BD

An antibiotic-resistant superbug once thought to be rare is spreading through health-care facilities in Southern California, health officials say.

Roughly 350 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, were reported in Los Angeles County between June and December of 2010, according to a study from the L.A. County Department of Public Health to be presented April 3 in Dallas at the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

"But in terms of mortality and morbidity, it's very, very serious," Srinivasan said. "These infections are more difficult to treat than MRSA."

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