Meet The New Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Hypervirulent’ Superbug Discovered In China

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To take your mind off nuclear war with North Korea and deadly hurricanes, let’s talk about other ways to cull the herd…

Scientists at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hangzhou, China have discovered a new strain of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia which spreads incredibly fast, after a 2016 outbreak in a hospital ICU led to the deaths of five patients ranging in age from 53 to 73. In findings published in The Lancet, researchers conclude that the new superbug poses a “substantial threat to human health” due to the fact that it is “simultaneously hypervirulent, multidrug resistant, and highly transmissible.”

K. pneumoniae  (ST11 CR-HvKP) is a triple threat; a deadly combination of two previously known strains of pneumonia; one which shrugs off all but the toughest antibiotics, and the other which is classified as ‘very severe’ and ‘hypervirulent’ in terms of lethality and how quickly it spreads.

The new report also reveals that samples from other parts of China tested positive for the new superbug, noting that “[f]ailure to control its early spread right now, will make a global epidemic of carbapenem-resistant [CRE], hypervirulent K. pneumoniae hard to avoid,” advising that “Control measures should be implemented to prevent further dissemination of such organisms.”

Epidimiologiests Liang Chen and Barry Kreisworth call the new strainof pneumoniae an “alarming evolutionary event.

While Allergan’s FDA-approved antibiotic of last resort ‘Avibactam’ can likely handle ST11 CR-HvKP, it is not available in China, which leaves the country with nothing it its pharmaceutical arsenal to battle the infection.


The microbe can fight off all drugs available in China, Chen says. “We don’t have anything in China to stop it,” he says. “There is a drug available in the U.S. that should be effective against it, but we haven’t tested it yet.”

In the outbreak, the five patients who died were all older than 53. They were all on ventilators after undergoing major surgeries. And they died from severe lung failure, multiorgan failure or septic shock, the researchers found.

“The disease progresses very fast,” Chen says. “It starts in the lungs and then infects other organs, like the liver.”

Until China approves Avibactam or a similarly effective antibiotic of last resort, doctors and health officials can prevent the spread of hypervirulent pneumonia by quickly identifying outbreaks and isolating the infected.

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InnVestuhrr's picture

We could very easily and quickly engineer extremely contagious and deadly pathogens that are tuned to the genetics of islamic-cult worshipers and then spread them by balloon, drone etc over the lands that are infested by these sub-human vermin.

God's will be done.

mr1963's picture

That'll solve the "social security" problems real fast...

disagreeableness's picture

Ship a bucket of that shit straight to fat boy..... no the other fat boy. 

gaoptimize's picture

If you don't have some pure coloidal silver and a nebulizer, it is time to get it.

CRM114's picture

There is no disaster that Stupidity and Panic can't make worse.

dogismycopilot's picture

This is the shit I find scarier than a hurricane. 

I guess we all have our own fear porn fetishes. 

Hikikomori's picture

Klebsiella is a minute threat to the average, reasonably healthy person, something which, of course, the ZH alarmists fail to report.  It is a threat to seriously ill people, which all of the people who died in this report were.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Avoid crowds, and  as soon as you start hearing rumors of a super bug ( maybe  loose.) become real antisocial,  don't answer the door and  get your mail if you have to with latex gloves and a mask on..  let your neighbors laugh, you can ransack their house after it passes..

hotrod's picture

Ebola, bird flu and Y2k were worse.

aliens is here's picture

I hope we are do a extensive medical screeing before letting these commie fkers into the country.

Amicus Curiae's picture

dont forget all your OWN bloody international tourists either huh?

best thing about the shitfight with NK etc is with might put a stop to the global shuffle of idiots bringing crap home with them

the present flu in aus is savage. i got it,  needed abiotics  had 2 weeks getting better then copped round 22 more courses of abiotics to knock it off and a slow recovery to normal and i am middling fit n healthy and do not tend to get colds or flu.

.its able to mutate fairly fast and is an A strain  hard to make vaccine for and they ARE admitting finally the present flujabs basically useles...same as last yr too.,


NickPeeMe's picture

It only infects Trump voters not to worry.

Umh's picture

Quite the little beige shirt you are.

jacketch's picture

led to the deaths of five patients ranging in age from 53 to 73.


So this is the answer to the pension crisis?

MFL5591's picture

Another AIDS lie made up by the TRibal leaders!

Grandad Grumps's picture

Bullshit! There is nothing like this going on in China. If it comes to the US, then it was started by the US.

gmak's picture

I identify as a hypervirulent-bug-resistant being. Therefore, I am immune. Right, all you SJWs?

silverer's picture

A “substantial threat to human health”.

Umm... How about a "substantial threat to human life"?

Vigilante's picture

Whatever happened to SARS/Avian flu/Swine flu/Ebola?

They were supposed to become Doomsday epidemics..

Suddenly...poof..they were gone.

Fuck ZOG and the globalist scum

Your tricks don't work anymore

CRM114's picture

They are all still rolling around. Mutating. Evolving.

"Suddenly..poof they were gone" is what happens with diseases. It's inherent with exponential growth/decline for organisms that require a host.

The only other option is "poof..98% of the Planet got it and xx% died."

So, whilst some supposed risks aren't, real risks tend to behave the same way.

SmittyinLA's picture

Good thing the feds have infrared cameras installed at all our international arrival ports

....and the customs guys all have laser scanners too

roddy6667's picture

"They were all on ventilators after undergoing major surgeries."

Wow! What a threat to humanity!  This should have been the first line in the article, but then it wouldn't be fear porn.

spanish inquisition's picture

Ventilators are a great place to introduce new viruses you are looking to test.

McDuff71's picture

...keep it there ...

NoWayJose's picture

So virulent it only kills people on ventilators who have had major surgery?

This almost sounds like a 'you better be nice to the US if you want our antibiotic' story?!!

silverer's picture

Sounds like Prince Phillip's dream come true. And only the elites can afford the $5,000 each antibiotic pills.

Father ¢hristmas's picture


"Is that Rudolph's nose or Danny's?"

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

5 people died in 2016 in a country with no means to stop the disease. All 5 people who had it, died.

Problem solved, I would say.

Able Ape's picture

Damn, a virus that can do a Hat Trick...well, I'll be...

Crush the cube's picture

Tripple threat, there's that old 3 making it's move again.  Guess it'll happen when pigs fly, Oh wait, the Swine Flu already.   Than there's the bird flu, he's right there in the photo himself, the crow, the messenger of old three himself.  Fucking amatures.

Your telling me you never noticed in nearly every movie the crow caws right before the slaughter/ sacrafice?  It's a saturnian game, who has that saturnian star in their flag again?

cheech_wizard's picture

They don't call it a murder of crows for nothing...

Shit, I probably just made that up.


Xena fobe's picture

They probably created it as a bio-weapon.

EnragedUSMCExpat's picture

Yep. Interesting how this shit almsot always makes it's debut in China. 

cheech_wizard's picture

Why do you even find this remotely surprising? Poor sanitation and polluted waters for the herd culling virus or bacteria... every time.

Arnold's picture

Bird, hog and migratory peasant carriers are rampant,

Conax's picture

Maybe they'll make a deal.

Trade them the ‘Avibactam’ for Kimmie's head on a stick.

Chuck Walla's picture

Trading Kim for drugs only works if it's the Elite's head in the bio-noose. The plebes need not apply.

Big Creek Rising's picture

China needs more of such "alarming evolutionary events"

EnragedUSMCExpat's picture

Right up to the moment you pick up your order from the local Suk Me Pagoda, where is was just packaged up by kitchen help freshly infected by grandma who arrived the day before from Hangzhou.

roddy6667's picture

"They were all on ventilators after undergoing major surgeries."

Not a threat to anybody else.

ceilidh_trail's picture

Wrong. Klebsiella is a common bacteria and is to this bug what staph is to mrsa. This is a hazard to anyone inside a hospital and (hopefully not the case) could end up in the community at large. Most of these types start out initially in the icu before becoming more widespread just due to the human to human contact inside.

Kina's picture

Send it to NK quick.

Put it on some of those Champagne bottles.

my new username's picture

I expect they are loading samples onto Nork missiles right now..

koan's picture

Good thing I live in a bubble.

Buck Johnson's picture

Get ready for a major world pandemic to hit us very near in the future.


Erek's picture

5 people dead?

Shit! there's around 1.4 billion people in China. Those 5 unlucky bastards won the lottery.

How does that equate to a pandemic?

The same happened with SARS, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, etc. Where are they now?