Superbug Discovered On USA Pig Farm

Superbug Discovered On USA Pig Farm.

A rare genetic mutation of a superbug IMP-27 discovered on a pig farm recently has puzzled scientists. How did it surface on this farm? The IMP-27 is immune to our last line of antibiotic defense available. Being present in the vicinity of our food chain production entity is worrying, especially when these animals are already being fed antibiotics to keep them safe from other harmful pathogens. So far, slaughtered pigs have not been infected, but it is only a matter of time.

A superbug is a term coined by the media to describe bacteria that cannot be killed using multiple antibiotics. Every year, about 2 million people get sick from a superbug, according to the CDC. About 23,000 die. In early 2015, an outbreak of CRE (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae) linked to contaminated medical tools sickened 11 people at two Los-Angeles area hospitals. Two people died, and more than 200 others may have been exposed.

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