Friday, August 15, 2008

XDR-Tb in California

This story literally hits close to home. The study finds that there have been 18 XDR and 77 pre-XDR cases in California in the last fifteen years. Most of them have been the result of improper Tb treatment (lack of medical supervision, misprescription of second-line drugs, etc) or HIV infection.

There's also an extensive article in the New Yorker about "Superbugs" that summarizes a lot of what we've learned about MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacterial strains, especially those found in hospital ICUs. The amount of work and care required to sanitize a ward of Tisch Hospital at NYU infected by a completely resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strain is impressive.

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