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'Superbug' on the rise in Chicago-area hospitals

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

October 25, 2010 by Brendon Nafziger, Writer Deadly strains of bacteria resistant to most forms of antibiotics have been spreading around Chicagoland, according to a new report. A survey released Friday by Rush University Medical Center and the Cook County Department of Public Health found the number of patients testing positive for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing bacteria nearly tripled over the last year. KPC, as it’s known, is an enzyme that confers on bacteria the ability to evade a class of last-resort antibiotics doctors turn to when other treatments fail....

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