Saturday, October 16, 2010

AOL runs story about "8 deadly superbugs lurking in hospitals"

On Friday October 15, AOL ran a “daily finance” story (odd for this sit) “Eight deadly superbugs lurking in hospitals,” link here, by Nikhil Hutheesing. The list does include MRSA, and adds the newcomer gene NDM-1, which enables bacteria to destroy antibiotics. It also included resistant streptococcus, flesh-eating bacteria which can lead to limb loss. (But the same can be said of some strains of bacterial meningitis, which may circulate in college campuses; and mandatory vaccinations don't cover all the most endotoxic strains, which lead to amputations.)

On Oct. 11, Rob Stein had a “Health” insert in the Washington Post, “New ‘superbugs’ raising concerns worldwide”, link here.

Where is this heading? Maybe that photoflash scene early in the movie “The Andromeda Strain” (also in Michael Crichton’s book), followed by the “body analysis”, is oddly prescient.

In the meantime, stay out of the hospital.

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