The results of a survey conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Americans are facing a health issue. The study showed that more than 200 cases of infections with a “nightmare bacteria” (according to the nickname given by the CDC) have been recorded identified in 27 US states.
What’s the “nightmare bacteria”?
The “nightmare bacteria” was the name given by CDC because these bacteria are simply untreatable, say the specialists. Also, they added that germs are constantly evolving into superbugs becoming antibiotic-resistant bacteria and posing a real threat to humans health.
Even more, 25% of the samples taken by the CDC researchers during their study presented bacteria with modified genes which are making the treatment even more difficult.
The worst part is that the bacteria strains could share the ability to resist antibiotics to other bacteria, notes the CDC report published on April 3rd.
“Nightmare bacteria” can be contracted from hospitals
According to the researchers, the “nightmare bacteria” spread mainly in hospitals or nursing homes, especially in the patients who require intravenous treatments.
Besides, it seems that people who came in direct contact with the infected ones also contracted the bacteria, repeatedly. “The only way to relieve patients is palliative care,” explains the CDC Senior Deputy Director, Anne Schuchat.
Bacteria are a major cause of death in the US
Nearly two million Americans get infected with bacteria, annually, out of which around 23,000 patients die.
“Even remote areas do not escape. The threat is real because it is usual to transfer patients from one hospital to another, which increases the risk of infection,” admitted Jay Butler from the Public Health Division of the State of Ontario.
The CDC has started a prevention program that isolates all infected patients and scans as many people as possible. CDC hopes to reduce the “nightmare bacteria” infections by 76%.