CDC Finds "Nightmare Bacteria" Across United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new Vital Signs report that identified an alarming trend of antibiotic-resistant genes in “nightmare bacteria” across the United States, on April 03.

The CDC warned that nationwide testing - conducted in 2017, uncovered 221 instances of unique resistance genes in “nightmare bacteria.” According to Fortune, of all the germ samples submitted to the CDC for lab testing, one in four had antibiotic-resistant gene characteristics.

Is America losing the war against antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

For some time, the CDC has warned Americans about the deadly, drug-resistant ‘superbugs,’ otherwise now called “nightmare bacteria,” which seems officials have upgraded the term to a much more dangerous name — reflecting the severity of today’s epidemic.

“Nightmare bacteria” kills more than 23,000 Americans each year, and the report states about 11 percent of Americans who were screened had “no symptoms” before the bacteria aggressively spread.

“While antibiotic resistance (AR) threats vary nationwide, AR has been found in every state. And unusual resistance germs, which are resistant to all or most antibiotics tested and are uncommon or carry special resistance genes, are constantly developing and spreading,” the CDC said in a report.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread like wildfire

“Essentially, we found nightmare bacteria in your backyard,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Acting Principal Deputy Director of CDC.

“These verge on untreatable infections” where the only option may be supportive care — fluids and sometimes machines to maintain life to give the patient a chance to recover, Schuchat said.

Schuchat states about 2 million Americans get infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and around 23,000 people die from the deadly infections.

Dr. Jay Butler, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska and past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said, “even in remote areas” the antibiotic-resistant bacteria threat is real, because those who are infected can unknowingly transport the deadly bacteria.

“Rapid identification of the new or rare threats is the critical first step in CDC’s containment strategy to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance. When a germ with significant resistance is detected, facilities can quickly isolate patients and begin aggressive infection control and screening actions to discover, reduce, and stop transmission to others,” the CDC said.

What can the Federal Government do? 

  • Monitoring resistance and sounding the alarm when threats emerge. CDC develops and provides new lab tests so health departments can quickly identify new threats.

  • Improving identification through CDC’s new AR Lab Network in all 50 states, 5 large cities, and Puerto Rico, including 7 regional labs and a national tuberculosis lab for specialty testing.

  • Supporting prevention experts and programs in every state, and providing data and recommendations for local prevention and response.

  • Testing innovative infection control and prevention strategies with health care and academic partners.

State and Local Health Departments and Labs must can: 

  • Make sure all health care facilities know what state and local lab support is available and what isolates (pure samples of a germ) to send for testing. Develop a plan to respond rapidly to unusual genes and germs when they first appear.

  • Assess the quality and consistency of infection control in health care facilities across the state, especially in facilities with high-risk patients and long stays. Help improve practices.

  • Coordinate with affected health care facilities, the new AR Lab Network regional lab, and CDC for every case of unusual resistance. Investigations should include onsite infection control assessments to find spread. Consider colonization screenings. Continue until spread is controlled.

  • Provide timely lab results and recommendations to affected health care facilities and providers. If the patient came from or was transferred to another facility, alert that facility.

“The efforts detailed in the Vital Signs report were made possible through new congressional funding in 2016 to combat antibiotic resistance,” Dr. Auwaerter said. “We urge Congress to sustain and to grow that investment so that further progress will prepare us to meet the future challenges of antibiotic resistance from a position of strength.”

Antibiotic drugs are beneficial and have been around for decades. Here is the issue, antibiotic-resistant genes in bacteria are getting used to the drugs.  It is a problem the CDC and the federal government have known for a while, but it is an issue that is more widespread than previously thought.

Mapping Out The Rise of Resistance:


are we there yet mobius8curve Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:14 Permalink

I am just getting over a bad sinus infection, treated with amoxicillin. took 10 days off work. 100 years ago simple infections were deadly. I think I got it from a health item used in India called a netti pot used to pour saline water through your nostrils for nasal hygiene. The problem is, un-boiled tap water contains bacteria. Learn from my experience if useful.

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Adolph.H. Liberal Thu, 04/05/2018 - 00:54 Permalink

Essential oils are more potent than antibiotics and don't destroy your gut flora, which is a big deal.

Think oregano, rosemary, lavender, and many others. Caution: they can be very strong so always dilute a few drops in vegetable oil. 

They never disappoint, and you can also use them for the smell of you so wish. 

On top of that, vitamins C+D boost your immune system and reduce oxidative stress. Pro and prebiotics help to keep your gut flora in check, which has an enormous impact on immunity. 

This is the bare minimum.

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Theosebes Goodfellow 1 Alabama Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:20 Permalink

~"The country lost the war on education and currently has walking dead as the majority of its red neck citizens, the rest of you hide in the closet w/the other skeletons and wait your turn."~

[Say what?!?]

Can I get an English language interpreter in here, please?

As for the topic, my reaction is...Meh. My money is still on a virus. Much smaller, a lot more adaptable, mutates like a bitch. We just need one, say a hemorrhagic, with an airborne factor, short contamination window and high morbidity rate and you could take out a third of the world before a staff infection gets out of bed to read the morning paper. Yep, I'll take a virus any day.

Now, back to One-'Bama's rag on education, walking dead, red necks and skeletons in closets. Carry on.

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Theosebes Goodfellow 1 Alabama Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:28 Permalink

Dear One-'Bama,

This is not your text showcase. Try using capitalization for the first world in a sentence. Use punctuation. Commas to divide thoughts, and periods at the end of sentences are so handy. Using these small tips will go a long way to keep us from thinking you the millennial, uneducated twit that you are. Also, try to organize your thoughts. One per sentence, please. Oh, and do stay on topic. You're drifting a tad.

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Miffed Microbi… Ima anal sphincter Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:50 Permalink

For God sake how many times do I have to tell you people this is fucking useless! I am seeing 4th generation cephalosporins, Aminoglycosides, Fluoroquinolones and Macrolides become ineffective and you actually think fish antibiotics will save you? Ok, and be sure and get a sling shot in case a brigade of tanks comes barreling down towards your family. I'll stand by and cheer you on for moral support. 



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serotonindumptruck Miffed Microbi… Thu, 04/05/2018 - 00:09 Permalink

I certainly respect you, Miffed, and I respect your vast knowledge base with regard to infectious disease.

I'm simply convinced that proper vitamin therapy can ameliorate and prevent many common agents from causing systemic infection, such as penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus or influenza.

Why must every infection be a potential emergency (or pandemic) when a simple multivitamin supplement might prevent it?

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Theosebes Goodfellow serotonindumptruck Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:43 Permalink

~" I'm simply convinced that proper vitamin therapy can ameliorate and prevent many common agents from causing systemic infection, such as penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus or influenza."~

Why is it that the smarter we get, the dumber we are? Look, this isn't rocket science.

1.) Stay away from sick people.

2.) Stay away from where people congregate.

3.) Eat a healthy diet.

4.) Get plenty of exercise.

5.) Wash your hands. A lot. Completely.

6.) Avoid skin punctures. Scratches. Flesh wounds.

7.) Do not go to a hospital unless you cannot avoid it.

8.) Address #6 when it happens IMMEDIATELY.

9.) Avoid behavior that compromises your immune system. As in...

              a) Don't smoke

              b) don't abuse alcohol

              c) don't use narcotics

              d) avoid sex workers

              e) do not engage in abnormal sex practices (anal, oral, etc.)

Oh, and kill your TV, read a book and talk to your family members. And brush your teeth.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Miffed Microbi… Thu, 04/05/2018 - 00:56 Permalink

When I was sick in 2016 they assigned a special doctor to my case. Infectious disease. Yes, they did cultures to determine which antibiotics to use. Those antibiotics were still horrible. I was on three kinds, two were IV through a PICC line in my upper arm. It was torture. I was sick but the antibiotics kept me sick. The fucking Infectious Disease doctors wanted to keep me on those IV antibiotics for several more months and I told them no. As it was I was in the hospital for three weeks and was sent home and had to self administer the IVs every six and eight hours, to myself. Yes, CVS has a branch and they deliver that stuff to your house. All the IV supplies, the lines, the wipes, the drugs, everything. My other choice was a SNIF and after five days at a local one I was agreeable to learning how to set up the IVs for myself and got to go home.

I remember the ID docs going around checking for C. diff (Clostridium difficile). The method of transmission is usually by passing it from a healthcare worker to a patient by their hands. I met a gal at the local grocery store that got this at our local hospital and she ended up needed a stool transplant. Gross. And the worst part was they did it through her mouth. Fucking doctors.

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Mr.Danglemeat HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:31 Permalink

Yep, I got a "Bad Stick" from a healthcare worker, I was in for an Appendectomy, had the procedure..the usual course of antibiotics (AB'S) for a week, stopped the AB's and poof!, my fingers look like sausages and red streaks going up my arm...

 Dr. that performed the procedure blanches when he sees my arm..orders a trip to X-ray...wha?? X-ray? I don't have any broken bones..."whaddya looking for?" sez I,  "Free air", sez they,..aka "Gas Gangrene". Thirty days of elastomeric spheres fulla "wonder goop", sterilized and changed (by Self) every six hours...the AB's were magical...but you know what? I don't heal anymore...small cuts?..last a month or more...bruises disappear normally but, a perforation?...only thing that seems to make a difference is Bentonite clay..changed daily. Every day is a crap-shoot..."roll dem bones!"

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Parrotile Miffed Microbi… Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:12 Permalink

"Antibiotic Stewardship" is going to save us. . . . . . .

Every working day, our Pharmacy gives out about 40 bottles of Avagard 2.5% Chlorhex. in Alcohol hand-rub. Each bottle contains 2.5g Chlorhexidine, so that's 100g, every day.

Where is it all going? EVERYWHERE.  We are deliberately contaminating ALL surfaces with sublethal concentrations of a bactericide, as well as vast areas outside the Hospital, and the cars / homes / relatives of those who work here, and who visit.

There are more than a few papers linking overuse of Chlorhexidine-based hand rubs with rapid (and multi-cassette) emergence of DURABLE resistance, and if you look at Antibiotic development (since the 60's) the emergence of new chemical entities has been a rapidly - decreasing trend.

The WHO knew about the emergence of durable resistance in 1942 - before Penicillin was even used. They also presumably read The Lancet front-page article in 1995 - "The End of the Antibiotic Era".

So now? Far too little, far, FAR too late.

Sensible suggestions will be most welcome.

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Parrotile rrrr Thu, 04/05/2018 - 16:38 Permalink

Might have got the dates wrong there, Mate! It may have been an Editorial rather than full paper, but I do remember the commotion it caused amongst colleagues at the time.

The one article that REALLY "put the spanner in the works" was the discovery of the first NDM - producing isolate, which was a political nightmare for The Lancet - 

Yong D, Toleman MA, Giske CG, Cho HS, Sundman K, Lee K, Walsh TR (December 2009). "Characterization of a new metallo-beta-lactamase gene, bla(NDM-1), and a novel erythromycin esterase gene carried on a unique genetic structure in Klebsiella pneumoniae sequence type 14 from India". Antimicrob Agents Chemother 53 (12): 5046–5054.

followed up by isolation from a Pseudomonad - 

Jovcic et al, Emergence of NDM-1 Metallo-β-Lactamase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clinical Isolates from Serbia

Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. August 2011 vol. 55 no. 8 3929-3931

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SilverTech are we there yet Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:06 Permalink

No mention of silver in this article. Silver kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It's Novichok for microorganisms.

From Nature: Silver makes antibiotics thousands of times more effective…

" I am just getting over a bad sinus infection, treated with amoxicillin. 10 days off work. "

I had a nasty sinus infection a couple months ago. Brutal. It was so painful... All I could do was hold my head in my hands and moan. Honestly, thought I was going to die. Just hoped it would be over quick.

Made up some colloidal silver saline solution, sprayed it in my sinuses. Instant relief. The sinus infection was gone in a day.

Saline solution is just 1/4 teaspoon salt in 4 oz distilled water.

Easy to make your own colloidal silver with three 9v batteries and two silver wires.

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overbet mobius8curve Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:15 Permalink

MORLEY, Alta. — RCMP and paramedics were called to a rural home west of Calgary on Wednesday where an infant was pronounced dead and 14 other people were found suffering from influenza-like symptoms.…


I had the nastiest flu Ive ever had in my life about 2 months ago. Never had anything even close. It took me 3 weeks to shake. Wasnt traveling either. Best guess is I picked it up at the gym.


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overbet Stuck on Zero Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:34 Permalink

I do a few weeks of probiotics and eat a bunch of yogurt post antibiotiocs. I keep several types of antibiotics stock piled. Restock them every time Im in Asia. I dont think anitbiotics were effective for what I had, but I was desperate so took I them anyway. I took double doses of zpacks and double doxycycline because there was bronchitis like symptoms. Still took forever to shake it. Wife thought I was gonna die.  

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Miffed Microbi… overbet Thu, 04/05/2018 - 00:00 Permalink

Don't take antibiotics unless you know you need them which means culturing the infection. What you did was disrupt the normal bacteria in your colon which are there to prevent pathogens from invading. You did yourself a disservice in the long run. It's this kind of lunacy is what keeps me employed. 



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OverTheHedge Miffed Microbi… Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:07 Permalink

No mention of antibiotics in the food chain - i.e. feeding to confined animals, to act as a growth promoter, and to stop them all dying from the appalling conditions they live in.

In 2011, a total of 13.6 million kilograms of antimicrobials were sold for use in food-producing animals in the United States,[31] which represents 80% of all antibiotics sold or distributed in the United States.

Unfortunately, it is irrelevant whether or not you take antibiotics to try and cure a viral infections, or forget to finish the course prescribed, or wash your hands in antibacterial soap etc. Makes no difference either way. Until you fix your insane food production system, this problem can only get worse, probably exponentially. The good news is that bacteria travel, so the US is actually making this a worldwide problem. Thank you so much. 

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Amicus Curiae OverTheHedge Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:43 Permalink

I was about to write similarly, and the "fish antibiotics" after people treat the aquariums OR the massive doses used in fishfarm waters are discharged into  the waste supply..well ALL those abs are a lovely warm bacterial soup mix in sewers and  whatever survives and mutates ends up??

in river water and ocean discharges that gets reused/or used for recreation

 antibacterial soaps toothpastes etc same ending


the idiocy of adding silver which IS useful for protection into clothing? insanity, increasing the risk of resistance to that also.

copper, good old copper doorknobs and wall plates DO have a good disease elimination bonus

and why the hell is no one mentioning IODINE!

cheap and efficient wound care.handwash gargle whatever


as for stocking up on ab in Asia..well  youre risking getting fakes dilutes and god knows what,

that said majority of ab and precursor chem for most meds are china/indian based now..

just some are inspected properly and follow GMP

i see reports of asian suppliers TO usa/eu etc getting reported for faults contamination etc  weekly however

and these are legit supposedly state of the art manufactories


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ldd Miffed Microbi… Thu, 04/05/2018 - 05:32 Permalink

although i respect your knowledge re: your area of expertise, my experiences with the medical profession leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. i can not tell you how many times i have been misdiagnosed. had to tell nurses and doctors they were wrong when they tried things that made situations worse. having to leave treatment after a doctor tried to lie and milk me for my coverage. yes, i know my body better than anyone else. yes i have benefited through medical procedures and medicine. and yes there are many things i do not know about viral/bacterial diseases. and would be more willing to trust traditional medicine whether that is chinese or tribal over some of the stuff that modern medicine tries to push. and i come from a family with many doctors which is always nice to have as reference. bottom line, being healthy means i can not remember the last time i had to visit a doctor or go to the hospital aside from regular required physicals.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 overbet Thu, 04/05/2018 - 00:44 Permalink

Did you go to the hospital or see a doctor? I got very sick with a bronchitis-type thing when I was in Athens and stayed at a hotel with swamp coolers for A/C. I think I had Legionnaires. I was sick and coughing the entire 10-hour flight back home and when I went to the hospital the next day and said I was coughing up green phlegm they gave me antiobiotics. I recovered quickly.

Someone else posted them, but another issue when you are ill is dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Gatorade and / or full salt soup bullion (there is organic stuff you can get) are critical. Even if you don't want to eat you can drink the Gatorade (or the packaged electrolytes from Amazon) and full-salt broth. That was the treatment by the local place that does colonscopies. They give you the stuff to clean you out but you have to mix it with Gatorade and they insist on the full-sodium broth. For anyone that has a potassium IV, trust me, you don't want to be deficient and end up with one of those, they are hell, burn, and nothing less than torture.

Legionnaires is caused by the Legionella pneumonilia, a bacteria, and is a severe from of pneumonia.

I don't advise self treatment or self diagnosis.

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