As resistance to many currently available antibiotics grows, health officials have been on high alert to bacteria that are rapidly adapting and becoming so-called superbugs.
Scientists have discovered one such pathogen, called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in patient samples in Ohio, underscoring the need for better surveillance and monitoring of drug-resistant bugs.
The research, published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, found the highly antibiotic-resistant infection in 7 patients connected to a community hospital and a long-term care facility in northeastern Ohio between 2012 and 2013.
Superbugs cause infections in more than 2 million people and about 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these infections–including E. coli, salmonella, Shigella and C. difficile–are acquired in healthcare settings, such as hospitals or nursing homes.
23,000 deaths a year, but there is no call to spend billions in a crash program to find a solution. On the other hand, we have to spend billions on a crash program to house illegal aliens, in order to prevent a relative handful of deaths.