Daily Brief: 2016.11.23
Pseudomonas aeruginosa increasing among US children
According to a recently released report, highly drug-resistant infections are on the rise among U.S. children. The study, published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, found increasing rates of antibiotic resistance among samples of Pseudomonas aeruginosa collected from pediatric patients nationwide over the last decade.
(Sources: Medical News Today, Outbreak News Today)
In the study, researchers utilized data on Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolate samples taken from patients between the ages of 1 and 17 years. Researchers found that Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates that are resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics rose from 15.4% in 1999 to 26.0% in 2012.
(Sources: Pediatric infectious Disease Society, CIDRAP, Contagion Live)
Pseudomonas infection is caused by strains of bacteria found widely in the environment; the most common type causing infections in humans is called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Serious Pseudomonas infections usually occur in people in the hospital or those with weakened immune systems. Infections of the blood, pneumonia, and infections following surgery can lead to severe illness and death in these people. Healthy people can also develop mild illnesses with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, especially after exposure to water.
(Sources: CDC, Medscape, Healthline)
- In the hospital, careful attention to routine infection control practices, especially hand hygiene and environmental cleaning, can substantially lower the risk of infection.
- Outside the hospital, individuals are encouraged to avoid hot tubs or pools that may be poorly maintained, and keep contact lenses, equipment, and solutions from becoming contaminated.
- If you are recovering from a procedure or receiving a treatment in a hospital, make sure you fully understand the treatment or procedure your doctor has requested for you.