A woman in the US has lost her battle against a virus resistant to 26 antibiotics. All available antibiotics were not able to destroy the virus. Scientists want to draw attention to the occurrence of these deadly superbugs. Back in September, in Nevada, a woman in her 70s died due to a severe infection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention argued that the woman was hospitalized a few months back when she suffered a bone fracture.
The woman died of sepsis. This represents an infection caused by a rare bacterium called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). This virus proved to resist against all antibiotics which are available in America. The particular strain of CRE, the Klebsiella pneumoniae, was ostracized from one of her wounds back in August.
Experts were extremely concerned when they noticed that the test for the mcr-1 gene was negative, realizing that the strain of virus will survive any treatment. Scientists have unveiled how the virus managed to acquire this resistance to any kind of antibiotic treatment.
Researchers claimed that during the last two years, the woman was repeatedly treated in India for some hip problems and a femur fracture. The last time when she received treatment for this was in June 2016. As soon as doctors identified the virus, the patient was immediately isolated to avoid the spread of the disease.
After her death, doctors figured out that the virus might have been destroyed by using a treatment known as fosfomycin. Unfortunately, this treatment is not approved in the US. Paul Hoskisson, a researcher at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, argued that many European countries allow the use of intravenous fosfomycin in such urgent cases.
He stated that it is crucial to license the use of drugs like these because there appear a lot of viruses which have grown resistance to several types of powerful antibiotics. The World Health Organization noted that the multi-treatment-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae represents an urgent treatment which needs to be applied in such cases.
Nick Thomson, the leader of the bacterial genomics and evolution group at the Wellcome TRUST Sanger Institute in England stated that this newly uncovered bacteria is bound to become even more powerful, abolishing doctors’ efforts to destroy it. The new report underlines the importance of isolation this terrible virus.
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