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Woman dies after infection with bacteria resistant to all antibiotics available in US

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 17 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j254
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

A woman in the US died of septic shock last year after becoming infected with carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that were resistant to all antimicrobial drugs available in the US.

The bacterium, a Klebsiella pneumoniae, was found to be resistant to 26 antibiotics, including all aminoglycosides and polymyxins tested, and intermediately resistant to tigecycline.

The case was described in the 13 January issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.1 It involved a woman in her 70s living in Washoe County, Nevada, who had lived in India for an extended …

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