Thursday, October 18, 2007

Super ear infection resists approved drugs

A new super bug that causes acute ear infections in children has emerged that is immune to all antibiotics currently approved for children.

The strain of highly drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae requires aggressive therapy, either surgery or an antibiotic not approved for children that has caused joint damage in young animals.

So far, the bug appears to be occurring in only a very small proportion of children. But there is concern the multi-drug resistant organism could spread and cause other, more serious problems, including pneumonia, blood stream infections or meningitis. ...more

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