"Superbug" claims its seventh victim

While the National Institute of Health Clinical Center is declining interviews, the “superbug” outbreak continues as it claimed its seventh victim on Sept. 7, according to published reports.

“In consideration of the privacy of the patients and their families, we are declining additional interviews,” said Maggie McGuire, media relations specialist at NIH Clinical Center.  “We are deeply saddened by the deaths at the NIH Clinical Center related to Klebsiella pneumonia carbapenemase (KPC). The health and welfare of patients is NIH's top priority, and the NIH has-and will continue to-take every measure possible to protect patients at the Clinical Center and quell transmission.”

The victim who contracted KPC was a seriously ill boy from Minnesota who succumbed to a bloodstream infection, according to published reports. he had visited the research hospital in August 2011.

“KPC is among the most serious of the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and a persistent problem in health care facilities across the country. The Clinical Center is taking strong action to keep KPC from spreading further, redoubling its efforts to ensure that all the infection control and isolation strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are followed stringently, that testing for KPC in our patient population and the hospital's inanimate environment is ongoing, and that hygiene and decontamination protocols are followed by all staff at all times.”
According to the NIH Clinical Center, the superbug does not pose a threat to the general public, but only infects critically ill or immune-compromised patients.   McGuire said the NIH Clinical Center is keeping the CDC, and county and state officials informed of KPC infections.

By Christa Puccio

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