These 3 Superbacteria Are The Greatest Threat To Your Health
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The World Health Organization is issuing a warning about a group of deadly bacteria: Recently, the WHO released its first-ever list of “priority pathogens,” a list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the organization says pose the greatest threat to human health. Here they are:
Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii
This bacterium can cause pneumonia, serious blood infections and other conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A. baumanniioccurs primarily in hospitalized patients. It spreads through either person-to-person contact, or contact with a contaminated surface, the CDC says. Although the pathogen doesn’t pose a big threat to healthy people, it’s very dangerous for patients with compromised immune systems or chronic diseases, the CDC says.
Outbreaks of A. baumannii typically take place in hospital settings such as intensive care units (ICUs) or long-term health care facilities with sick patients, such as nursing homes, according to the CDC.
Carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
P. aeruginosa infections most often occur in the hospital. For patients with P. aeruginosa infections, pneumonia or infections following surgery can become extremely dangerous, and even life-threatening. But these bacteria can also live in hot tubs and swimming pools and have been linked to serious ear infections and skin rashes.
Infections with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)most often occur in hospitals or long-term health care settings, the CDC says. Similar to A. baumannii, CRE usually does not pose a risk to healthy people; rather, it is most dangerous to people with compromised immune systems, according to the CDC.