Deadly superbug germ kills 7th person at NIH in Maryland

September 16, 2012BETHESDA, Md. — A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland. The Washington Post reported the death Friday. NIH officials told the paper that the boy from Minnesota died Sept. 7. NIH says the boy arrived at the research hospital in Bethesda in April and was being treated for complications from a bone marrow transplant when he contracted the bug. He was the 19th patient at the hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of KPC, or Klebsiella pneumoniae. The outbreak stemmed from a single patient carrying the superbug who arrived at the hospital last summer. The paper reported the Minnesota boy’s case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January. –YN
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4 Responses to Deadly superbug germ kills 7th person at NIH in Maryland

  1. Tim McCann says:

    Sounds like someting out of the “The Hot Zone” about the origins and incidents involving viral hemorrhagic fevers, particularly ebolaviruses and marburgviruses.


  2. Letitia says:

    My honors Biology professor use to tell our class when I was a freshman that ”if we do not remember anything else from his class we need to always remember that bacterias are natural and most viruses are man made.”


  3. Stefan says:

    In Sweden they have started to use different combinations of old antibiotics that haven’t been used for several years. They work against all KNOWN bacterias, according to Swedish scientists.


  4. SingAPsalm says:

    Where was the original carrier from and did he/she die? Did anyone find out how the original carrier was infected with the virus? Can we please have more information on this?


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