Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Deadly Super Bug Common In Houston Texas

A major American city abounds in one particular superbug, a study found.

Researchers at Houston Methodist Hospital discovered that more than one-third of the Houston patients they studied were infected with a strain of the antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae.

The pathogen is one of the most common causes of patient infection. A woman in Nevada died from an untreatable Klebsiella pneumoniae infection this year.

Scientists don't know why so many cases were found in the nation's fourth-largest city, but they are studying it. The greater Houston area has a population of about 6 million.

"Finding the otherwise uncommon strain in our city was a very surprising discovery," said James M. Musser, senior author and chair of the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine at the Houston Methodist Research Institute and Houston Methodist Hospital. "Because Klebsiella pneumoniae is a common and important cause of human infections, we urgently need to identify potential vaccine targets or other new treatments, and develop new and rapid diagnostic techniques."

Researchers used genome sequencing to study more than 1,700 strains that caused infections in patients over a four-year period.


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