A New Delhi superbug has made its way into wards and minds of the United States.
A strain of the highly drug resistant common bacterium Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, has been found in the Rhode Island Hospital. This particular strain is called Klebisella, and can cause pneumonia and other infections. Two Rhode Island patients have contracted the superbug (super in that it’s super hard to kill) and in doing so have clocked in as the 12th and 13th cases ever recorded in the United States.
I’ve only ever thought of travel as enriching our lives, but now it is being revealed as having jeopardized one. The story goes: a Cambodian woman who lives in Rhode Island became sick with lymphoma in May of 2011 while visiting her homeland. That December, she was hospitalized in Ho Chi Minh City before flying home and being admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for three months, receiving chemotherapy. This February, the woman suffered a bladder infection caused by a different bacterium. Read more »