CDC reports Nevada's first 'nightmare bacteria'

Found on Reno Gazette-Journal on Sunday, 15 January 2017
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“So the CDC basically reported that there was nothing in our medicine cabinet to treat this lady,” said Dr. Randall Todd, division director of epidemiology and public health preparedness for the Washoe County Health District.

Once the drug-resistant bug is identified, staff need to implement a precautionary plan to keep it from spreading. That includes strict hand washing and other hygienic practices.

Scientists have warned for decades that the widespread use of antibiotics will quickly lead to resistances. Bacteria undergo a much faster evolutionary process and adapt to previously dangerous substances. However, antibiotics are a big market, not only for human treatment, but also as precautionary measures in intensive livestock farming. They earn too much money for some people and companies.