Hospitals Hit by CRE Superbug



Hospitals in the USA are being impacted by another type of antibiotic resistant bacteria:

6 March 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said that although it is still quite unusual, more and more hospitals in the U.S. are reporting cases of the superbug carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE…

Thomas Frieden, MD, the Director of the CDC said the CRE was the nightmare bacteria, partly because the organisms transmit elements that are antibiotic resistant to other types of bacteria and when the CRE attacks blood it often times kills…

In Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis and Atlanta, a pilot program that involved labs found, that over 92% of the cases of CRE over a period of five months in 2011 were found in patients that had substantial healthcare exposures.

Although still relatively uncommon, the CRE episodes are usually fatal more often than other forms of infections that are antibiotic resistant. Death rates for CRE infections in the bloodstream are over 40%.

6 March 2013

Officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are concerned about a family of untreatable bacteria, or superbugs, that are currently spreading through America’s hospitals, and are not too optimistic as to whether this family of bacteria can be stopped in time.

“These are nightmare bacteria that present a triple threat,” explained CDC director Thomas Frieden. “They’re resistant to nearly all antibiotics. They have high mortality rates, killing half of people with serious infections. And they can spread their resistance to other bacteria.”  The superbug in question is known as CRE, or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, and has only been detected so far in hospitals and nursing homes; fortunately, it has yet to be detected outside a health facility environment.  However, if the superbugs are not controlled soon, Frieden believes that even the most common forms of minor infection may not be treatable anymore.

Excessive use of antibiotics and other improper practices are part of the physical reason for increases in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

From a spiritual perspective, here are some of the reasons that the Bible gives for terror and pestilences:

14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, 15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, 16 I also will do this to you:

I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.  And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. (Leviticus 26:14-17)

21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.  22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.

23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.  25 And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. (Leviticus 26:21-25)

Superbugs of various kinds (including antibiotic-resistant ones) may be part of the pestilences that the Bible warned about for the end times. Jesus taught:

7…And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:6-8)

We seem to be in the time Jesus called “the beginning of sorrows.” There have been “earthquakes in various places” this year. However, what will be coming will be worse (see Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2013 or 2014?).

As Jesus said:

37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch! (Mark 13:36-37)

Some articles of related interest may include:

Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse What is the pale horse of death and pestilences? What will it bring and when?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2013 or 2014? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What happens in the “beginning of sorrows”? What is the Day of the Lord?

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