CDC warns of 'superbug' spread in America
Dr. Leigh Vinocur has the facts
- Duration 4:42
- Date Mar 8, 2013
Dr. Leigh Vinocur has the facts
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Upgrading you warning from the Centers for Disease Control about the spread of a string of germs that are resistant to nearly all drugs and killed nearly half of the people -- fact.
According to the CDC these so called super bugs.
Are now turning up in hospitals in 42 states.
For doctor is one of the biggest concerns is that this drug resistance.
Appears to be spreading to forms a bacteria.
That are currently.
Treatable it's a lot of concerns about this talk to leave an -- is -- Jones assistant professor.
At LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport to doctor Vinocur.
The term CRE.
Is being used with these super bug.
And articles -- -- reading what what is CRE.
Well basically there are bacteria.
That live in our got -- CL EE coli they're called and stroke back there.
And their normal in your GI tract they don't cause a problem.
But if they get out -- your bloodstream get into your lungs get -- your kidneys can cause serious infections.
Then this happens most often in really sick patients in the icu.
They'll have in dwelling cat's -- -- for their urine they'll have catheters in their bloodstream they'll be on respirators.
So when your new system breaks down that's when the bacteria can get out.
But what's happened over the years since 2001.
Is they become resistant.
To almost every bacteria we every antibiotic excuse me we have.
The last big antibiotic car about -- down.
Why is this.
Red light used to kill everything and now they're already resistant to -- -- pan am.
So they're called carbon pan am resistant and -- actor so -- -- -- dangerous -- idiot would -- you have one of these if you if you get this.
Is there nothing that can be done.
Well that's the problem right now we don't have a good antibiotic unlike immersed so which is the method -- in resistant staph.
We still have a couple antibiotics that work to kill that both in the hospital and in the community.
But right now we don't have a good antibiotic for these -- Ariza went up the good.
When doctor I could just a Big -- -- immerse that when doctor this doctor Kenseth -- is a little bit skeptical about the press that this is getting because he says every couple years.
The public is frightened by something like -- that he brings up as an example.
And says you know what this is -- -- with the evolution in.
Bacteria in our society we shouldn't go overboard just what are your thoughts and that because people here and we had to Syria to be scared so we wanna put this in -- -- the right context.
Right now and you're absolutely right genocide number one.
The people that are dying from that's.
There are already dying anyway they're in the icu they're very sick they're on -- later.
They're sick from something else cancer.
There at the end of their rope and then they get this.
-- and you we probably wouldn't be subject to this type of bacteria.
But the other issue is you to be vigilant yourself I agree there's not a lot of you know we shouldn't have a lot of hype.
But don't insist on antibiotics.
When you have a cold and flu I spend more time in the ER and clinics.
Convincing patient this is just a minor golden Lou you don't need antibiotics so don't insist on antibiotic we hear -- them but.
We hear it outside right here that all the time and that people still when he gets sick to your feeling really -- like -- to give me anything for this just really couldn't doctor -- are you concerned about this.
Spreading outside and the icu outside of the emergency rooms and becoming more main stream.
Well you always do worry about it because at first we only saw MRSA in the hospital.
But I don't think at this point -- gonna see this spreading outside of the hospitals.
But the hospitals have to take precautions do you as a person have to take precautions.
You know gas for the show -- shortest dose of antibiotics now a days.
We can treat urinary tract infections for three to five days not seven days many more.
And don't you know finish -- your pills don't take family member's bill.
And when you call other -- -- now you know if you -- it beyond the couple weeks.
Then you might have a secondary super infection with bacteria and need antibiotics -- but if that's -- if you're sick for a couple days.
Tough it out stay home rest drink fluids you don't need antibiotics.
I'm looking at John when you say tough it out attack because a lot of basket -- couldn't use that advice and -- -- -- gonna get -- especially to hit.
You said that in dot but it -- as well but I definitely thank you very much for that appreciate the advice of noise --