LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — There’s a new, major health concern Wednesday as new “superbugs” are spreading across the U.S, including here in Southern California.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the new family of bacteria, called CRE, are resistant to antibiotics and are killing half of the patients who are infected.
Los Angeles County public health officials say the so-called superbugs have evolved, grown stronger and are impervious to the strongest antibiotics.
“These resistant bacteria can cause urinary tract infections, bowel infections, blood stream infections and patients can die from these infections,” California Hospital Medical Center Dr. Suman Radhakrishna told KTLA.
Victims are mainly elderly people who already suffer from various illnesses and have weakened immune systems.
“These are patients who have been in and out of hospitals, in and out of ICUs, they are mainly nursing home patients,” Radhakrishna said.
Global case studies indicate about 40-percent of people infected die.
Cases of infection with the bacteria in this group were sporadic just ten years ago, but doctors say cases are now much more widespread.
That’s why health officials at all levels of government including L.A. County want to increase awareness.
Doctors say the first course of action is containment, then they can start working on a treatment.