(NationalSentinel) The encroaching, and widening, antibiotic resistance just took a major step forward this weekend, when a 70-year-old woman died from a bacterial infection at a Nevada hospital after being given all 26 varieties of antibiotics.
As reported by Agence France Presse:
A US woman has died from an infection that was resistant to all 26 available antibiotics, health officials said this week, raising new concerns about the rise of dangerous superbugs.
The woman, who was in her 70s, died in Nevada in September, and had recently been hospitalized in India with fractured leg bones, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The cause of death was sepsis, following infection from a rare bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which is resistant to all antibiotics available in the United States.
The specific strain of CRE, known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, was isolated from one of her wounds in August.
Thus far, doctors are clueless as to how this woman developed her resistance, but the case is alarming because it adds to the body of evidence that “superbugs” are on the rise and we don’t yet have an effective way to treat them.
Consider this as well: As we reported last week, scientists are increasingly concerned about a Bubonic plague-type of bacterial infection that could be weaponized and used to kill millions in a terrorist attack. But a terrorist organization may not have to do anything other than mass-produce an existing bacteria, such as the one that killed tithe Nevada woman, and release it.
Superbugs like these are on the rise naturally as well. As reported by Natural News, a rare superbug gene was recently discovered on a pig farm somewhere in the U.S. A research team from The Ohio State University made the discovery.
“It is an extremely rare gene. How it got on this farm, we don’t know,” Thomas Wittum, head of the veterinary medicine team at The Ohio State University—who led the study team—told NBC News.
“The implication of our finding is that there is a real risk that CRE may disseminate in food animal population and eventually contaminate fresh retail meat products,” the team wrote.