Here's what you need to know about the new superbug in the U.S.
Staying healthy is a number one priority for most people. While there’s no reason to get alarmed just yet, a particularly nasty superbug was just found in the urine of a 49-year-old woman from Pennsylvania, and it’s now posing a potential threat to America. The bug is a strain of E. coli, and it’s so powerful that it resists many antibiotics – including Colistin – which is known as ‘the antibiotic of last resort,’ i.e. the antibiotic that doctors use when other antibiotics fail. This is the first known case of this particular superbug in the US, and the medical community are working round the clock to ensure the bacteria doesn’t spread.
What’s worrying though, is that doctors don’t know how the bacteria entered the woman’s system. She had not traveled outside of the US within the past six months, and has no idea how she could have contracted it. So, the Pennsylvania Department of Health have sprung into action to investigate the case and retrace her steps to see if they can figure out what exactly is going on.
Given that there are cases of this infection in Europe, China, and Canada, it is possible that there could be others on our shore. Antibiotic-resistant infections are known for being hugely aggressive, and result in death for half the patients who become infected. Again, there’s no reason to get too worked up just yet, but it’s good to air on the side of caution and be armed with all the information.
Bottom line: get regular check-ups at your local doctor, and listen to any abnormal changes in your body.