Officials have confirmed that a bug resistant to all antibiotics has killed one United States woman, reports BBC Health.
After having stayed in India for a long time, the 70-year old woman returned to the US, baring an infected swelling on her right hip.
She died from the infection in September last year. According to CDC, this infection resisted “all available antimicrobial drugs.”
When the woman broke her right leg, she was in dire need for treatment in India. In the cause of the accident, an infection penetrated into the bones and then extended to her hip.
Upon her arrival at the American hospital, she was in serious pain. The illness had triggered the immune system to go into overdrive as it fought against the infection, resulting into body inflammation.
Her condition continued to worsen until she died due to septic shock.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was availed with samples from her wound for testing.
The results of the testing indicated that she had been infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae – that resides in the gut but causes no disease.
After much analysis, researchers learnt that the superbug was resistant to all 26 available antibiotics.
A global travel worry
The CDC commented on the matter saying that it is very rare to meet infections which resist all antimicrobials. The health body added that this case should be a warning of the dangers posed by untreatable “nightmare bacteria”.
Some scientists have expressed concerns that we may be entering into a post-antibiotic era as the Nevada cases begin to emerge more often.
Via BBC Health
“It is still quite unusual for a bacterial infection to be resistant to such a large number of antibiotics. Fortunately it is an extreme case, but it may soon become all too common,” said Dr David Brown, chief scientist at Antibiotic Research UK.
He continued to say that it may have occurred due to her multiple hospitalizations in India. But the efficiency of global travel will only serve to worsen such occurrences.