About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Novel Superbug Targets Healthy and Young in the US

by Sheela Philomena on February 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Font : A-A+

 Novel Superbug Targets Healthy and Young in the US

A new, dangerous superbug targets the young and healthy in the US, say scientists.

"Historically, classical strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae have caused infections mostly in sick, hospitalized patients whose host defence systems are compromised," says Thomas Russo, professor of medicine at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.

Advertisement

"But in the last 10 to 15 years, a new variant of it has begun causing community-acquired infection in young, healthy individuals," he says, the journal Public Library of Science ONE reports.

"This variant causes serious, life-threatening, invasive infections and is able to spread to other organs from the initial site of infection," adds Russo, according to a Buffalo statement.
Advertisement

Perhaps most important, says Russo, these hypervirulent strains of K pneumoniae have the potential to become highly resistant to antibiotics, similar to E coli and classical K pneumoniae.

"These hypervirulent strains are the next 'superbugs' A-in-waiting," he says. "If they become resistant to antibiotics, they will become difficult, if not impossible to treat."

Russo and his colleagues are studying the microbiology of the new variant in an effort to identify the genes that make it hypervirulent so they can figure out how to stop it in its tracks.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Alarming Cesarean Section Trends in India - Convenience or Compulsion of Corporate Healthcare
Quiz on Low-Calorie Diet for Diabetes
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
MRSA - The Super Bug Drug Resistance - Antibiotic Resistance Healthy Gifting Ideas for Diwali 

Most Popular on Medindia

Drug Side Effects Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Hearing Loss Calculator Drug - Food Interactions Daily Calorie Requirements Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Sanatogen Iron Intake Calculator Drug Interaction Checker
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Novel Superbug Targets Healthy and Young in the US Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests