CDC Report: Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Spreading Across US

drug-resistant superbug

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an antibiotic-resistant has entered in the United States. International travelers are bringing the strain in the country.

The bacteria, known as Shigella sonne, can severely damage intestine. It is considered as a common cause of diarrhea.  It can easily transmit through contaminated food, ponds and pools.  A few major symptoms of the bacteria are severe abdominal pain, diarrhea with blood, nausea, vomiting and high fever. The Shigella outbreak usually reported in Daycare centers due to germ-infested surroundings.

Since last year, the drug-resistant superbug has infected 243 people in 32 different states. Recently, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania have experienced Shigella outbreak.

Dr. Anna Bowen form the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, informed that this is the first time when such kind of massive outbreak has been reported. However, it is too early to confirm whether the superbug has rooted in the country for good

Majority of the Shigella bacteria are resistant to all antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and ampicillin.  Doctors usually prescribe these drugs to people who frequently visit other countries.

The report is printed in the latest edition of Journal Morbidity and Mortality.

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