Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' pose growing threat — CDC

In response to this growing threat to public health, the CDC has launched a containment strategy that includes a nationwide lab network for identifying new and "unusual" antibiotic-resistant germs.

This is on top of the advice already provided by the CDC to do with correct use to antibiotics, both in prescribing, and taking them - for example, not using antibiotics when you have a viral infection like the common cold or the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report that found occurrences of rare antibiotic-resistant genes in "nightmare bacteria" across the US, on April 3 in their Vital Signs publication.

Still, Schuchat said she was surprised by the spread of the germs.

Nightmare bacteria are bacteria that are either almost, or fully untreatable.

This represents only a small fraction of the American population, but these bacteria may lurk just a few degrees of separation from us all.

Coordinate with affected health care facilities, the new AR Lab Network regional labs, and CDC for every case of unusual resistance.

Antibiotics have been doled out unnecessarily by Global Positioning System and hospital staff for decades, fueling once harmless bacteria to become superbugs. The World Health Organization (WHO) list this family of resistant bacteria as a Priority 1: Critical pathogen for which new antibiotics are desperately required. Of these, 221 had unusual genes that conferred resistance. It is part of the agency's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, which Congress has funded with $323 million in appropriations over the past 2 fiscal years. The germs are capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics.

The Center for Disease Control announced on April 3 that bacteria is showing a unusual antibiotic resistance across the United States. "We can't wait until one case becomes 10 cases or 10 cases become 100".

Left unnoticed, these symptom-free clients might continue spreading out unusual and hard-to-treat bacteria throughout a health center or retirement home.

The paper recommends rapid identification of bacteria to check for resistance, completing infection control assessments, and testing those without symptoms who may also carry and spread the germs. However, for a containment system to work as intended it's crucial that these specific types of bacteria are detected early before they can spread. No further spread was found during follow-up assessments, according to the CDC.

The CDC estimates that such efforts prevented over one and a half thousand new cases of difficult-to-treat or potentially untreatable infections, including high-priority threats such as Candida auris and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

By 2001, the germs started to evolve, becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic drugs.

Efforts to fight antimicrobial resistance germs have actually revealed numerous bacteria bring uncommon genes that might result in a "problem" superbug, US health authorities reported Tuesday. However, she hopes this will not indicate the "beginning of an inevitable march upwards".

  • Santos West