Antibiotic resistant superbug has gone beyond hospitals into our homes

Bacteria increasingly are becoming resistant to antibiotics as a result of indiscriminate over-prescription of antibiotics as well as the misuse of antibiotics in the food given to corporate food animal factories. (Note: Antibiotics are useless against viral infection like the common cold.)

Already, there is a strain of bacteria that is resistant to the strongest antibiotics which appeared in hospitals. Now, this bacteria has moved beyond the hospital environment to U.S. homes.

nightmare bacteriaBenjamin Fearnow reports for CBS Atlanta, April 22, 2014, that the anti-biotic resistant “superbug,” Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is resistant to many of the strongest antibiotics.

Although recent prevalence has been limited to hospitals and nursing homes, a new study of 161 New York City residents who contracted the MRSA infections finds that the these people’s homes were “major reservoirs” for the bacteria strains, HealthDay reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that in communities outside of health care settings, most MRSA strains are skin infections that are spread by physical contact, such as the sharing of towels or razors. Athletes, military barracks, prisons and other close-quarter living areas are at an increased risk of contracting and spreading the bug.

In medical facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical infections.

But the new study shows that the MRSA has spread into average U.S. homes.

“What our findings show is it’s also endemic in households,” lead researcher Dr. Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, tells HealthDay, from the study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences.

According to a report released by the CDC last September, more than 2 million Americans get drug-resistant infections each year. And about 23,000 die from these diseases that are increasingly resistant to the strongest antibiotics that doctors use to fight the infections.

Uhlemann and fellow researchers took samples from those affected by MRSA strains along with samples of a comparison group of people who had not fallen ill. The researchers then took samples from these patients’ household surfaces and other social contacts to see if the bacteria had spread.

Ultimately, the research showed that many homes outside of just those affected by MRSA were “major reservoirs” for the MRSA strain, USA300, which HealthDay notes is the primary cause of MRSA infections in communities throughout the country.

Bedding, clothes and other everyday surfaces used by someone affected by MRSA are suggested to be cleaned by bleach and hot water, although Uhlemann says the role of surfaces in transmitting the disease is not “well delineated.”

We can’t just treat the person with the infection,” Uhlemann told HealthDay. “We have to attempt to remove the (MRSA) colonization from the home,” and another MRSA expert not involved in the study added that the new study “confirms what we’ve suspected all along.”

Correct bandaging, protection of wounds, and hand-washing were suggested by experts as the best ways to protect family members and others whom one may come in physical contact with regularly, thereby spreading the bacteria to others.

The CDC has estimated that nearly one-in-three people carry staph bacteria in their nose, and typically feel no symptoms of sickness. About 2 percent of people carry MRSA.

The World Health Organization has previously stated that the overuse of antibiotics has become so common that even normal infections may become deadly in the future, due to the evolution of these bacteria strains.

“It is not too late,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said to during a press conference. “If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty when we go there to look for a lifesaving antibiotic for someone with a deadly infection. If we act now, we can preserve these medications while we continue to work on lifesaving medications.”

Dr. Henry Chambers, chair of the antimicrobial resistance committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, told HealthDay he agreed, and that “about half of antibiotics prescribed aren’t needed.” 

A report earlier this month found that the drug-resistant bacteria caused a fatal blood infection in a Brazilian patient, according to Live Science. His body had developed a resistance to the powerful antibiotic vancomycin – used widely to treat the infection – during the course of his stay at the hospital.

See also “Alarming: Outbreak of antibiotics-resistant “nightmare bacteria” in Chicago,” Jan. 28, 2014.


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Steven Broiles
6 years ago

Thank You for this article. Please keep your readers informed regarding the dangers of hospital infections; My father died from one. Along the same lines, I would like to know what, exactly, the Powers That Be are up to regarding the spread of infections and pestilence. Specifically, I have lived in New York all my life; In 2008, they warned about a coming bedbug infestation. (And it occurred all over the City the next year and lasted for about a year and a half). How did they know about this, unless it was planned? This is of the utmost importance,… Read more »

6 years ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

notice everything runs in cycles Steven. Remember when you need a crisis-create it. The NWO goal is to depopulate the planet down to 5 or 6 hundred million. They are at work in many ways.

6 years ago

Betsy McCaughey was subbing for Laura Ingraham today. Wow! There’s another one that bleach will take out. I have to admit I wondered why they weren’t cleaning surfaces in the hospital I was in for 11 days with an “unknown” infection. My bathroom wasn’t cleaned, all surfaces remained undisinfected, my food tray was brought in and out – the only visible sign of good hygiene was the dispenser of germicide on the wall near the door.

I think it’s called CFED.

You can bring it home, too. She suggested no flowers or food – just gloves, paper towels and bleach!

6 years ago

I’m using more caution when I go to the local gym to workout. Thank you for the warning.

6 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this significant post. I find most noteworthy the existence and persistence of this bacteria in homes. One of the things I do in my kitchen, is to have on hand a mister-sprayer that is filled with hydrogen peroxide and water. I wipe the counter-tops of my kitchen and other areas all of the time with these ingredients.

6 years ago

Avoid antibiotic soap like the plague….it causes more problems than it’s worth. Consume plenty of probiotics (yogurt, kefir, etc) which are great for the gut, brain, and immune system. Wash hands regularly. I’ll let FOTM in on something I discovered a while ago and LOVE, it’s called probiotic soap. I never heard of it before. I use it in and for everything: washing hands, shower, washing dishes, brushing teeth (they sell a foam pump to go with the soap), bathing the children, washing hair, laundry, hand sanitizer when I’m out, and diaper changes (I shred the soap and add a… Read more »