What is the CRKP Superbug?
Concern Grows Over Drug Resistant Superbug, High Mortality Rate
The CRKP Superbug, or Klebsiella pneumoniae, is a drug resistant bacteria related to E. coli that is difficult for most antibiotics to eliminate. The one drug that treats this hardy bacteria is Colistin, which can cause severe kidney damage in some patients. One of the main problems with CRKP is that 40 percent of the people infected with this bacteria can die. In the year 2010, there were 350 reported infections in Los Angeles, and over half of those cases came from acute care hospitals. Long term care facilities and nursing homes accounted for the other cases, which may indicate that there may be an age factor in mortality.
The CRKP superbug's mortality rate among elderly people may be high because of prolonged exposure, poorer circulation, or the use of other antibiotics. At the time of this writing, the CRKP bug does not seem to have affected healthy people and the infection has not spread to the general community, but people with loved ones in nursing homes or long term care facilities should be aware of the illness and make sure that other older relatives, who may visit such facilities, are not exposed unnecessarily.
Notes and Special Information
Special note: The CRKP Superbug has caused some panic in the US, but it is not easy for healthy people to get..