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Rare superbug spreading through So Cal

March 28, 2011
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LOS ANGELES — A rare antibiotic-resistant superbug is spreading through health care facilities in Southern California, according to ABC News.

According to a study from the LA County Department of Public Health, set to be presented on April 3, about 350 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, have been reported in Los Angeles County between June and December of 2010.

"These patients tend to be elderly, they are commonly on ventilators and they often stay at the facility for an extended period of time," said Dr. Dawn Terashita, medical epidemiologist and lead author of the study.

CRKP is another superbug, much like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, that can outwit typical antibiotics, the article noted.

According to the article, CRKP is not new to either California or the rest of the country, but it is young when compared to MRSA.

It is uncertain how many cases of the 350 cases reported by Terashita and colleagues were fatal or whether the infections stemmed from improper care at long term-care facilities or the frailty of the patients they serve, the article stated.

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