Officials Raise Alarm as Dreaded Superbug Is Found in the U.S.

Researchers have for the first time found a person in the United States who is carrying bacteria that is resistant to the most powerful of antibiotics.
1:59 | 05/27/16

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No you to what the CDC is calling an urgent health threat. The first ever case of an American infected with a superbug that's resistant to some of the most powerful antibiotics we have and Dr. Richard Besser is here, much more on this, a lot of concern. Tell us about this case in particular. Yeah, so for years the CDC has been tracking these very resistant infections around the globe called cre and they've been on the rise, they're mainly seen in elderly people, people with medical problems in the hospital and there's only been one antibiotic called calisten that could treat it and a woman in person in Pennsylvania is resistant to it. We're one step away from having untreatable bacterial infections. How concerned should we be about this? You know, you have to think back to before 1943, because that's only as long as we've had antibiotics and before that, if you went in the hospital for a minor surgery or had pneumonia, these infections could be fatal and the big concern is that if this really develops, people going into the hospital who have medical problems, their lives could be at risk because we don't have antibiotics to treat them because the drug companies haven't been making new antibiotics. When you were at the CDC, didn't you write a program that was geared toward if something like this should happen. Yeah, yeah. So what should we do. You know, when you think about resistance, you know, different types of resistance from different cause, some from overuse in animals, some is in the hospital and some from what we do. The first thing is you always want to make sure you take your antibiotics only if prescribed. Never use someone else's drugs and tell your doctor if you've had overseas travel because some of these germs are found in hospitals overseas. And then lastly want to make sure that anyone who touches you in the hospital, washes their hands, that you see it. Be brave, say I didn't see you wash your hands, please wash your hands because that's how these germs are being spread. Speak up. Rich, thanks so much. Dr. Besser will be taking your questions. Can you tweet him @drrichardbesser and now to Lara

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