March 28th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Superbug found in California hospitals

A deadly superbug, thought to be rare on the West Coast, is appearing in large numbers in Southern California, according to a new study.

In seven months last year, there were 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), according to the study by the Los Angeles County Department of Health. The cases were in health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. People outside such facilities were not affected.

CRKP has been officially reported in 36 states, but health officials expect it’s in the 14 other states as well, where reporting is not required.

Only one antibiotic, called colistin, is effective against CRKP, and it doesn’t always work and can cause kidney damage, according Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director for health care associated infection prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s not known how many people died in L.A. County from the bacteria, but previous outbreaks have shown a 35% death rate, according to an article published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

This is the first time CRKP has been studied in L.A. County and the infection rate was “unexpectedly high,” according to a press release by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The study will be presented at the group’s annual meeting next week.

The study authors noted they’re not sure why CRKP is so prevalent.

“We do not know if the presence of CRKP in these long-term acute care settings is the result of improper care, or has more to do with the population they serve,” says Dr. Dawn Terashita, a medical epidemiologist with L.A. County Department of Public Health.

Patients with CRKP tend to be elderly, have multiple health problems, and have a catheter or are on a respirator– foreign objects that can become breeding grounds for bacteria.

Large outbreaks of CRKP have been documented in the United States, Greece, and Israel.

CRKP, and other infections in the same family, are a “huge threat, precisely because of how resistant and how lethal it is, and how readily it can spread within health care facilities,” says Dr. Mitchell Schwaber, director of Israel’s National Center for Infection Control.

Some hospitals have seen infection rates decline when they enforce staff hand washing rules, remove ventilators and catheters as quickly as possible, and take other precautions.

Patients and their families can help decrease the risk of infection by asking staff to wash their hands and by following other Empowered Patient tips for staying safe in the hospital.

CNN's Miriam Falco contributed to this report

soundoff (786 Responses)
  1. Burbank

    I sure hope these hospital workers are washing their hands before they leave work. The thought of them stopping at the grocery store on the way home and handling produce is very scary!

    March 28, 2011 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • charles s

      Getting doctors and nurses to wash their hands seems to be an uphill battle. I realize many doctors and nurses do. But some seem to beleive that just because they are a doctor or nurse, they do not need to wash their hands. I read about one doctor complaining that washing his hands was causing them to be dry. I would guess that using Ivory soap would do a good job and be much easier on the hands. Maybe someone could test and find out if it would do the job.

      March 28, 2011 at 18:33 | Report abuse |
    • Lewis

      The same thing has been going on with cooks and chefs for years. I've worked in the culinary industry for 10 years and other than when I am in the restroom and another cook happens to be in there to have I ever seen another cook wash his hands. I do see a lot of hand rinsing after handling raw chicken, etc. but not actual washing. Gloves don't help much either unless they are changed frequently and that doesn't happen too often. I think overall there is more hand washing going on in fast food places than in middle to upper class and fine dining establishments.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:44 | Report abuse |
    • mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood

      wash your produce!

      March 28, 2011 at 19:47 | Report abuse |
    • Paperwork

      I'm more afraid of the families who don't hand wash and touch everything than I am my fellow nurses who are monitored for hand washing every shift we work. Yup, we are watched every time we leave a pt's room to make sure we either wash our hands or use alcohol foam, and sent back if we don't. While the families let the kids crawl up in Paw-paw's bed, a cookie in one hand and then put their fingers (and paw-paw's bacteria) in their mouth. Next site of infection, just like MRSA, will be in daycares and schools.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:58 | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Dude you are an idiot. Most people don't wash their hands after wiping their #sses so someone coming home from work at the hospital and touching your budwieser should be the least of your worries.

      March 28, 2011 at 20:33 | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Paperwork is right on. I work in a hospital also. We are monitored to the extreme on our handwashing/gelling but the visitors will let there kids go barefoot, play on the floor etc. We have to gown and glove to even go into rooms that are isolation but the families rarely if ever do. I work in a neonatal ICU and the families will be holding their preme and texting on their phone, but if an infection outbrake occurs the staff is the first ones to be blaimed.

      March 28, 2011 at 20:40 | Report abuse |
    • right @ Paperwork

      Where have you been? MRSA has already been found in many schools.

      March 28, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      The real issue that isn't addressed, is the doctors and nurses who wear the same clothes to work, at work and then home from work and every where in between. Gowns are worn in SOME types of infectious rooms but not all and compliance is not 100%. Sorry but I think most are washing their hands frequently, but they are spreading nasty bugs on their clothing.

      March 28, 2011 at 23:44 | Report abuse |
    • hospital nurse

      I wash my hands too many times to count during an 8 hour shift. There is hand sanitizer stationed inside and outside each patients room. My hands are constantly chapped and cracked but that does not stop me. Hand washing is THE most important infection control tool we have!!

      March 29, 2011 at 02:30 | Report abuse |
  2. mike


    March 28, 2011 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. MAX

    Wheres OSMOSIS JONES!!!!!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RLD


      March 28, 2011 at 21:31 | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      I loved that movie, how come many people hated it? Btw this reminds me ore of Outbreak.

      March 28, 2011 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
  4. Ryan


    Tuberculosis is not "unusual", and if you read the article above the US is experiencing it's lowest rate of TB EVER.

    As for whooping cough, it's more likely a result of bored, neurotic, white upper-middle class housewives taking medical advice from Jenny freakin McCarthy and shunning vaccinations then it is illegal immigrants.

    March 28, 2011 at 17:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anna

      Absolutely right- People who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children are ignorant and they are putting the whole population at risk

      March 29, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
  5. Senor Jose

    No me gusta!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. bobsandrin

    You must have flunked logic. Rich white people carry these illnesses more than immigrants.

    But thanks for showing us you are a racist.

    March 28, 2011 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • S1N

      That wouldn't be a failure in logic, but rather a failure in statistical analysis. Remember, for logic, you first assume the premises are true in the absence of proof otherwise. Even if there were no proof otherwise (which there is), his statement would still have been illogical, but not for the reason stated. So if you were trying to make him seem like an idiot, congratulations. You both are. You just happen to be correct at the same time.

      March 29, 2011 at 03:09 | Report abuse |
  7. Math guy

    You're math is wrong. And you are a racist.

    March 28, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. kevin

    oh sure....blame it all on the pepper-bellies.

    March 28, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bobsandrin

    You are an idiot. Millions of rich white kids and their dumb as dirt parents refuse to get immunized. You chose to ignore that simple fact. I wonder why. Instead, you chose to attack people of color.

    Racism: alive and well in America. No wonder this country is going down the tubes. Conservative racists at work.

    March 28, 2011 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg

      Racism is wrong in any form. Including racism towards caucasians.

      March 29, 2011 at 09:40 | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      what the hell is a crackah??

      March 29, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    LOL @ you libs who think "illegal immigrant" is a race. Goes to show how desperate you are to defend something that you don't even understand. <3

    March 28, 2011 at 17:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Scoop

    Which certainly explains why the other countries with large outbreaks were Greece and Isreal... (Note Mexico and Canada are not included.)

    March 28, 2011 at 17:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Scoop

    You are aware you initial comments says "Mexican" illegal immigrants, right?

    March 28, 2011 at 18:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. keeth in cali

    this is what happens when doctors blindly throw antibiotics at every problem. you eventually get super bugs that antibiotics can't control.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • resident

      not really, more like when your grandma comes in the ICU with sepsis and you beg for antibiotics. Should we withhold them for fear of creating more superbugs?

      March 28, 2011 at 19:50 | Report abuse |
    • don't blam the md only

      This is also what happens when patients insist on being treated with antibiotics for every little sniffle and cough. If the don't like what they hear from one doctor "this is a virus and antibiotics won't help" they go on to the next doctor and then the next until they finally get what they are looking for. Oh, and they will exaggerate their symptoms each time to make themselves sound sicker. Don't believe me? Ask any medical professional.

      March 29, 2011 at 02:27 | Report abuse |
    • Knowurfacts

      The only 2 reasons MDs blindly prescribe medications – threat of slander/lawsuit by pts and poorly trained residency programs.

      March 29, 2011 at 07:58 | Report abuse |
  14. Jerry

    Superbugs have existed for years. They will continue to exist so long as people abuse antibiotics . Hospitals are some of the dirtiest places in the world due to the rampant use of cleaners that often leave only the strongest virus or bacteria alive to reproduce or spread. Look at XDRTB, MRSA, and etc.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. keeth in cali

    poor mike only knows 1+1 and can't think any harder than that. he should run for prez in the GOP primaries. he'd fit right in.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Ryan

    You're right, of course. Anyone who accuses you of racism is off-point. You're actually a small-minded xenophobe with a tendency towards making hyperbolic, logically flawed statements about a news article that has nothing to do with your obsession with illegal immigrants. Your comments are so off the mark that people who don't understand the difference between "your" and "you're" think that they're stupid.

    Does that sound about right to you mike?

    March 28, 2011 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. chris

    Borders? This is a joke right? What more can we ask Israel has already built a big tall wall all around itself. They call it "Hitler's Dream" (Jews walling themselves in) Ok so by elimination it must be the Greeks

    March 28, 2011 at 18:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rs1201

      don't blame the doctors..blame the moronic people who insist on antibiotics for every little perceived infection and if the doctor refuses, then they get it on the black market. Experimental drugs not as yet approved by the FDA have been found on the black market and people taking them. There's nothing one can do when dealing with little whose IQ is in the single digit area.

      March 29, 2011 at 06:43 | Report abuse |
  18. KWS

    Whooping Cough: Illegal aliens introducing it into a population with idiot parents who eschew vaccinations because of celebrity alarmist news items. (What do you know? We CAN work well together to make a greater overall impact!)

    Not this though. This is the scary result of too many perscriptions for antibiotics to fight colds and other viruses (doctors caving in to patients' demands) and the overuse of antibacterial everything. When you killl all the weak and average germs, what's left to mutate into the next generation?

    The earth is getting tired of us and it's looking for a way to shake us off!

    March 28, 2011 at 18:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Max Pargament

      Well said. Nothing drives me crazier then people who don't get vaccinated.

      There are free flu shots at my work, and many of my co-workers refused to get vaccinated because they saw a story on the news (which they then showed me) of a girl who got a shot and had a good portion of her muscles tensed up so tight she couldn't move them. But it happens in like one out of every 100 million people (and I've heard it goes away with time). Some people's logic is just rediculous.

      Hope everyone at least spreads the news (which CNN has covered well) on the english doc making the false study linking vaccinations and autism.

      March 28, 2011 at 20:01 | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Don't put all the blame for this on doctors. A lot of patients stop taking antibiotics when they start feeling better instead of taking the entire course, and that fosters the development of resistant bacteria.

      March 28, 2011 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
  19. JR

    Actually the way that immigration has affected CA's population when it comes to communicable diseases is not from the Illegal alien problem, but more from the legal immigrant contingent coming from South East Asia. Especially true when you're talking about things like tuberculosis. Whooping cough is more about having anyone's adult immunity wearing off because for years legal citizens didn't get DPT shot boosters, but got Td (sans pertussis) instead. The cases of whooping cough are mostly adutls whose immunity is no longer adequate, and everyone who is eligible should get a booster of DPT...and the recipients are usually small children whose parents aren't vaccinating.

    There are plenty of societal problems from Hispanic illegal aliens, but infectious disease in general is not one of them.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. chris

    (1) why would people in Mexico not be vaccinated? It is free there for everyone. Actually the vaccination rates are BETTER in Mexico then in the US.
    (2) how could they spread it here in the US if everyone in the US were immunized against it?

    March 28, 2011 at 18:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      Vaccines immunize against viruses, not bacteria.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:58 | Report abuse |
    • Try Again


      March 28, 2011 at 20:37 | Report abuse |
    • Try Again


      March 28, 2011 at 20:38 | Report abuse |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      Not true. Pneumococcal and Meningococcal vaccines are against bacteria.

      March 28, 2011 at 22:59 | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Actually, there are vaccines for both. The is a vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae (a bacteria) that has dramatically decreased the incidence of meningitis in children. DIphtheria is caused by a bacterium – Corynebacterium diphtheriae. That is the "Dip" part of the "Dip-tet" vaccine, which by the way also vaccinates against tetanus, which, you guessed it, is caused by bacteria – Clostridium tetani.

      March 29, 2011 at 07:32 | Report abuse |
  21. 7IceDiamond7

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the closure of smaller private hospitals, the monopoly of county hospitals complete with uniformed officers searching citizens in the Emergency Room, the EMTs and nurses that treat patients like cattle and the passage of the trainwreck called Obamacare. Prime example of what catastrophe must be prevented by repealing Obamacare.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andy MD

      Please explain what the Affordable Care Act has to do with bacterial antibiotic resistance. It existed long before this.

      March 28, 2011 at 20:06 | Report abuse |
    • SurRy

      Flight of ideas much?

      March 28, 2011 at 21:17 | Report abuse |
  22. huxley

    "Eat yogurt". lol. Penisilin doesn't work. Cyprio doesn't work. But your gelatinized whey protein might cure it.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. dd

    A drug using state has a lot of problems with the immune systems of the population. California has so large of a drug problem that modern medical science has no chance of minimizing the risk. The people of California must either deport or jail their drug users or suffer the consequences. You voted for Pelosi and Boxer and now you get to die.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jake's Gay Lover


      March 28, 2011 at 19:12 | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Yet another right-wing moron impales himself on his Sword of Stupid.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
    • Andy MD

      There is no relationship between illegal drug use and antibiotic resistance.

      March 28, 2011 at 20:07 | Report abuse |
    • dd

      But, then again, I always try to cleverly turn every situation into a political argument.
      I think it makes me look smart, without having to really learn anything of value.
      Go Republicans!

      March 29, 2011 at 01:11 | Report abuse |
  24. Ryan

    People say it's racist because that "logic" and "common sense" you're talking about are not representative of any actual facts. And technically you're right, it's not racism it's just extreme ignorance.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. kiki

    I agree not to mention tuberculosis.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Priscilla

    All I can muster at the ignorance of your post is a whispered "wow".

    Now...onward to address our nursing homes overrun by immigrants....

    March 28, 2011 at 18:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Selfish Gene Simmons

    Tagalog is a very common language in nurses in LA. as are the ways that certain cultures bring, the methods of approaching things...and certain amount of patients are recent immigrants not yet officially of US citizenry. Its a changing USA, we may just have to get used to stuff like this becoming common place.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      What possible connection could your comment have to this article?

      March 28, 2011 at 19:45 | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      uh, a little RANDOM, don't cha think? sober up before you post, boss!

      March 28, 2011 at 20:34 | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Selfish Gene, you've forgotten to take your psych meds again, dude! Go ask your Mom.

      March 29, 2011 at 00:36 | Report abuse |
  28. Stu

    Captain Tripps is here! Quick, start heading to Boulder if you're sane... The Dark Man is gathering Tea-Baggers in the West..

    March 28, 2011 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rod C. Venger

      Actually that Dark Man is none other than Harry Reid. You don't see the resemblance? Hawk-like features, no conscience, no sense of humor, a logic only he understands...

      March 29, 2011 at 01:06 | Report abuse |
  29. Harbinger

    The end is Nigh, prepare for Human annihilation. The Hand of God has struck the hour.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      He's been striking the hour for at least a thousand years and so far the hour seem largely undamaged.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I hope evolution knocks out you paranoid end-of-the-world doom sayers. You people are so annoying and might actually be the cause of any doomsday scenario.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:59 | Report abuse |
    • Harbinger

      I hear voices...

      March 29, 2011 at 01:30 | Report abuse |
  30. Adil

    I hope they make a kryptonite vaccine for this superbug

    March 28, 2011 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Lillianna

    News flash, Mexico is in the America's... go back to school and maybe you could get a job with benefits so you stop making excuses about why you can't get any right now..oh.. that would mean you could not blame someone else for your failures.. my bad

    March 28, 2011 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Jim

    You really shouldn't talk about things that you know nothing about. I'm a biomedical researcher and have worked on antibiotic resistance projects; this has to do with improper overuse of antibiotics. It is definitely NOT a problem with immigration. Get educated before you make inaccurate statements. The only thing you've pointed out is your overwhelming and painfully obvious xenophobia.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jack

    "...when they enforce staff hand washing rules, remove ventilators and catheters as quickly as possible, and take other precautions." Unfortunately. this is a little late for the people they've killed already, isn't it?

    March 28, 2011 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. DK

    Superbugs are here to stay, not using antibiotics aren't going to get rid of the already present superbugs. Also all the visitors in the hospitals that ignore isolation signs and refuse to gown and glove up in these infected patient's rooms are part of the problem too!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply


    March 28, 2011 at 18:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Nikki

    I would hope that nurses and doctors are washing their hands. Most hospitals have policies for hand washing, catheters, and ventilators. Unfortunately, sometimes when your immune system is already in a weakend state, these things are not enough.
    However, I would like to bring up another valid point. What about families that visit these patients? Do they wash their hands when they are done touching their loved ones in the hospital? Do you think that we should enforce handwashing after family members visit?
    I can only speak for myself. I always wash my hands, religiously. So much so that my skin peels everytime I work. I also put all my work clothes in the wash right away when I get home from work. I also never wear my dirty scrubs to stores or anywhere for that matter.
    I would also like to comment that these bacterias can be picked up in the community as well as the hospital. It just so happens that there are sicker people in the hospital. So, please remember that when you visit your loved ones in the hospital. Wash you hands too when you enter and exit the room. Most hospitals have these really nice foam sanitizers outside the doors.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Stack

    I am currently Nurse perusing an advance degree. My preceptor introduced me to a surgeon as he was getting ready to go into the OR to do a cardiac cath. He got on his soap box preaching that nursing school teaches Nurses to be so focused on the needs and safety of patients that he finds that Nurses lack knowledge of anatomy and treatment of disease. "It is quite evident" he said. He then proceeded to go into the OR without washing his hands of course.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stack

      "pursuing" thank you spell check you stink.

      March 28, 2011 at 18:51 | Report abuse |
    • This'll pinch a little

      Perusing is ok too hun, to look through. Or check out.

      March 28, 2011 at 20:04 | Report abuse |
  38. THANK GOD!!

    Swine Flu is sooooooooo overdone. We need another hyped to death pandemic outbreak so everyone takes their shots like good little piggies. What? Problems with our vaccines? Well, if this bug doesn't kill you the terrorists will. At least you have a chance with the vaccine! Never mind the mercury content or trace fatalities. It safe and puts hair on your chest. Really! Here, try your kids first...

    March 28, 2011 at 18:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. John

    please let this be the start of the zombie uprising. I'm SO down for that.

    March 28, 2011 at 18:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Darth Vadik, CA

    Did Flavor Flav get away again and started hiding in California hospitals???!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Wiseman

    About four years ago, I contracted MRSA, another superbug. It completely changed my life. My wife left me and my Federal employer told me to told me to leave the premises immediately. Why can't Doctors be more responsible about over-prescribing antibiotics? To make matters worse, I had a bad automobile accident in 2009. At the hospital I was put into an isolated ward and treated like I was hazardous waste. I complained about my hospital room being dirty and it appeared to me that the staff were afraid to get too close to me. I was a victim of the medical profession out of control. Yet, I was the one that paid dearly for that. Wake up America, this can happen to you. Complain and get this out-of-control medical system in a more controlled state. My wife never did want to return, but at least I did get my job back after an in-depth medical assessment by the Federal Government. I was a federal employee.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frau Schmidt

      As far as your wife....Good riddance,,,,what a worthless woman !

      March 28, 2011 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
    • MercyMe

      Holy CRAP – why didn't you jump into a raging fire and burn those horrible germs in order to spare the rest of us?

      March 28, 2011 at 23:58 | Report abuse |
  42. Doc

    It's been here for a couple of years and your reporting on it now? But it is still VERY rare. VERY rare... but yes, all of us should be washing our hands every time we see a patient

    March 28, 2011 at 19:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. jonny

    Yes, disease only happens in OTHER countries naturally, not here, they have to be Brought here. Yes, thats truth for you.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Jake's Gay Lover

    You are what happens when sisters and brothers have children.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • USA2late

      No one happens when you are gay...LOL just kidding!

      March 29, 2011 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
  45. dpljlb

    I only eat fried foods from my own home cooker and I carry around a vat of Purell! I'M SAFE! YeeeeHaaaaa!!!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 19:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Krista

      Unfortunately the only thing that Purell works on is the flu virus. It doesn't contain enough alcohol to actually kill other germs. If you look at the back of the bottle, make sure it contains at least 70% alcohol. Most of those hand sanitizers are a waste of money.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:56 | Report abuse |
    • A guy

      Actually Purell will kill a lot of baddies on your hands (bacteria, viri), with a few exceptions of course (clostridium spores etc). Far better than going without it.

      March 28, 2011 at 21:44 | Report abuse |
  46. someone

    The human race is the super bug virus that is hard to contain. It is known to resist any form of intelligent treatment. This earth is attempting to rid its self of this biological growth. Once they finish off the earth they will turn on themselves. This of course is the one thing the Universe has in its favor....Time.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sharp

      An elite team of scientists looked at the probable fate of humanity. Their verdict; Extinction within 1,000 years. Actually 1,000 years was the long figure. The prediction was NOW to 1,000 years. The sweet spot was about 200 to 300 years in the future. You could get your wish real soon.

      March 28, 2011 at 22:14 | Report abuse |
  47. Tiff

    You are probably one of those idiots that thinks there should be a vaccine for obesity. How about a vaccine for stupidity, then we wouldn't have to read your comments.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      @STOPSPENDIN: "this is what happens when you have open borders"

      Another right-wing moron impales himself on his Sword of Stupid.

      March 28, 2011 at 19:35 | Report abuse |
    • Oh Really?

      And another idiot statement from someone who assumes something. Now days it seems that anytime someone disagrees with someone people like you have to assume that they are a right winger, sorry to tell you but there are just as many idiots on the left if not more so.

      March 29, 2011 at 09:06 | Report abuse |
  48. mabel floyd

    i used to tell the staff to not only wash their hands, but to be obvious about it so the patient sees you wash. the patients will appreciate it and feel safer.
    this does show you to stay as healthy and out of the hospital as much as possible. washing your hands at home is a great idea also.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Paperwork

    CRKP is not going to make anyone burst out of the hospital, waving their arms over their heads and screaming, "Plague!" It is just another in the ever increasing line of drug resistant bacteria that we have caused by demanding antibiotics for viral diseases and inappropriate use of antibiotics for everything else. It's a "contact" bacteria, which means it is spread on surfaces and by touch - so while I wash my hands and use alcohol foam buhzillion times a night in the ICU I work at, the families touch the patient, then go down to the cafeteria, touching elevator buttons, door handles, the stack of lunch trays, etc. It's not spread in the air, you don't have to wear an N-95, you don't have to go in the room dressed like the person's radioactive. FYI, it's usually found in folks from nursing homes and group care homes who have multiple invasive lines, long term foley use, trachs and vents - these folks in general get a lot of antibiotics because something's always getting septic at home, they get antibiotics, and grow the superbugs. It's not generally found in "walkie-talkies" but in the bedridden and profoundly ill.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Larry

    "being racist would mean you are making fun of their color"

    What an idiot. You don't even know the definition of racist.

    "logic's and common sense. Do you know us American's "

    An apostrophe is not an announcement that an "s" is coming. It's only used for contractions and to denote possession. Also, it would not be correct to use a plural form of "logic."

    Your belief that welfare abuse is limited to Latinos seems very much racist. People of many races abuse the system. And if you want universal health care, then start studying health care issues and telling your representatives in Congress you support health care reform and forget about illegals, because they aren't the reason you can't get the help you need.

    March 28, 2011 at 19:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Smackme420

      Larry, you are absolutely right. This anal-wart is indeed a racist and probably beats his Sister/Wife. If you really investigate who or what is destroying not only this country but, the entire planet are the corporations that could care less about anything but the almighty dollar.These monsters come in every form, shape, religion, and especially, color.

      March 29, 2011 at 09:07 | Report abuse |
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.

March 2011
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