“..Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients – cleaned with bleach – even ripped out plumbing –
- and still the germ persisted.
By the end, 18 people harbored the dangerous germ,= – and six died of bloodstream infections from it.
Another five made it through the outbreak only to die from the diseases that brought them to NIH’s world-famous campus in the first place.
It took gene detectives teasing apart the bacteria’s DNA to solve the germ’s wily spread – a CSI-like saga with lessons for hospitals everywhere as they struggle to contain the growing threat of superbugs.
It all stemmed from a single patient carrying a fairly new superbug known as KPC – Klebsiella pneumoniae that resists treatment by one of the last lines of defense -
- antibiotics called carbapenems…”
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