Tag Archives: EMERGING INFECTIONS

SUPERBUGS AT UCLA MAKE THE NEWS

superbug1Resistant bacteria are constantly emerging in the real world.   In the hospital, the pressures that broad-spectrum antibiotics apply to bacteria reproduction makes the bacteria ripe to respond with novel and aggressive resistance strategies.

The recent UCLA Reagan Medical Center scare has brought this issue to light.  This highly resistant germ, is called a CRE infections, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  These are a type of bacgerial germ found essentially only in the hospital, they are ‘super bacteria’ that develop from normal intestinal flora, which develops ‘super powers of resistance’ with constant exposure to varying antibiotics.   These germs  can be transmitted to patients through the touch of contaminated persons, surfaces, or instruments, as was the case at UCLA.  It was an endoscope, a instrument for looking in the esophagus and stomach, that transmitted the infection.

What can you do to prevent yourself from getting exposed to super-bugs.

  • Stay out of the hospital when you can.
  • Avoid using antibiotics unless necessary
  • Avoid unnecessary invasive procedures.

Read more>>>>>HERE

 

WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL IMMUNITY?

BACTERIASNutritional Immunity is a natural method for fighting infection, a defense that the body has developed to rob viruses and bacteria of vitally needed nutritional substances and thus prevent their ability to reproduce and cause infection.

Researchers have reported that the body’s defenses fight with bacterial over iron molecules, to prevent the bacteria from obtaining this much needed substance and thus reduce their infectious ability.  This has been accomplished through genetic variations in iron transport molecules.

Why is this important?  Well, it provides a novel method for improving the body’s defenses and may lead to new antibiotic treatments.  In addition, it questions the idea of vitamin and mineral supplementation, revealing the potential harm in such supplements beyond the presumed benefits ‘more and more vitamins and minerals’ may provide the body.  Perhaps we should think again before we take the vitamin.

 

Read more >>> HERE.

 

EBOLA…..NOT IN ARIZONA

Ebola_virus_virionThe current outbreak of the EBOLA VIRUS in Nigeria & West Africa is an important health concern globally, due to the 90% fatality rate from this type of infection.  Fortunately, despite it’s virulence, the virus is not easily transmitted, requiring contact with body fluids to result in infection.  This means that only people who have direct personal contact with an infected person can get sick.

Still, with a 1-3 week incubation period, the concern is that transmission can occur during this ‘subclinical’ phase, and thus become a health issue unbenkownst to the infected person and the one being infected.   This theoretical concern is the reason for the global attention, but the likelihood of such infections reaching Arizona remain extremely remote.

For more information on EBOLA….LOOK>>>>>HERE.

To see the trends in EBOLA OUTBREAKS over the past 20 years, click >>>>>HERE<<<<

 

MERS-CoV…..YOU’LL BE HEARING MORE FROM ME

virus blueMiddle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is the latest virus to concern the Centers for Disease Control, appearing 130 times so far in Middle East travelers.

This respiratory infection is due to a virus that has ‘gone wild’ and causes severe pneumonia and reduced oxygen levels in it’s victims.  With an approximate 50% death rate, it is an emerging infection that will likely not spread widely, but which none-the-less is concerning for it’s potential to cause greater illness across the globe.

For those of us travelling to the Middle East it is a direct issue, but it still is possible to contact this if you are travelling internationally and are with people infected, but who do not know it, and who have recently visited the area.

Yes, this is an unlikely concern, but it is just this sort of virus that needs monitoring and rapid detection and treatment if we are to prevent epidemics from developing in the modern era of international travel.

We’ll keep you posted on any further developments, but you will be hearing more about this before it runs it’s course.

CDC INFORMATION ON MERs-CoV