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Resistant Super-Bug Strain Found in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

March 24, 2011

While listening to the Business Hour on Los Angeles 1070 radio, I heard this story. Being my mom is in a nursing home, it peaked my interest. The general public is being told to take heed if in a hospital. Take note of hand washing and sterilization practices for you and your loved ones. This is a bacteria that has no antibiotics to kill it.

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County health officials say a drug-resistant germ has appeared in local hospitals.

Monterey Herald reports:

A study by the LA County Department of Public Health documented 350 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, between June and December of last year.

Nearly half of the infections were found in long-term acute care hospitals while 6 percent were in skilled nursing facilities.

The germ tends to strike elderly patients. It’s unclear how many of the infections were fatal.


Center for Disease Control on CRKP, click here

CBS Los Angeles: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/03/24/drug-resistant-super-bug-hits-la-county-hospitals-nursing-homes/

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