Cases of KPC Increase

A drug has raised fears among medical practitioners, as a new bacteria has been plaguing medical facilities in Chicago. The virus according to the researchers has not been inflicted with any damage despite being administered with powerful antibiotics.

Apart from being stubborn to the affect of antibiotics, the superbug has been found to have increased in the number of contaminations. The numbers of hospitals in Chicago that have reported the incidence of contamination have increased from 26 to 37, a rise of 42%.

The superbug has been named as Klebsiella Pneumoniae Carbapenemase, however it is more commonly referred by its acronym KPC. There has been an increase in the number of cases of human contamination, with the number of human infections increasing to 10 from 4 in each of the hospitals.

The information regarding the virus was released in a study that was carried out by the Medical Center, Rush University and the Department of Health in Cook County.

A co-author of the study, Dr. Mary Haden, while talking about the new bacteria has stated the first case of KPC contamination was found in December 2007. The rate of infection of KPC has seen a rapid rise and the virus, needs to be controlled immediately.

The bug can result in the infected person suffering from possibly fatal infections in the urinary tract or even pneumonia. The bacterium was first diagnosed in the year 1999 in America, and has spread in 35 states since then. The fatality rate is high, as 40% of the people, who contract the bacteria, are known to succumb to death.