The bacteria strain — dubbed “phantom menace” by scientists — is less resistant to antibiotics than other superbugs (also known as CREs) and thus much more difficult to identify, according to the new report. Over the past five years, scientists have seen more cases in the U.S. than ever before.
Since 2010, the CDC has confirmed 43 cases of this particular superbug across 19 states — with the majority of cases landing in California and Illinois. But perhaps most alarming is the fact that just one case was identified in 2010, whereas 2013, 2014 and 2015 saw 11 diagnoses each.
“This is a tricky drug-resistant bacteria, and it isn’t easily found,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden told the Washington Post. “What we’re seeing is an assault by the microbes on the last bastion of antibiotics.”
What sets “phantom menace” apart from other CRE is that the bug’s ability to break down antibiotics with a particular enzyme that can spread to healthy bacteria in the body — effectively compromising the body’s ability to utilize those drugs to fight disease, the Post reports.
CRE bacteria is extremely difficult to treat and often highly fatal, killing up to half of patients who become infected, according to the CDC. The report revealed that the median age of patients who contracted the bug was 70.
Back in November, scientists announced the 'epidemic potential' of Superbug MCR-1, a deadly and fast spreading bacteria that is resistant to what they are calling our 'last-line' antibiotics. As we learn in the 1st video below, this deadly superbug has rapidly spread all across the world after originating in China and officials are concerned it can never be stopped. As of this moment we're told that it has yet to reach America. Only weeks ago, Forbes told us we're one giant step closer to the end of antibiotics and the new superbug is resistant to all antibiotics linked to imported meat. They also tell us the inevitable arrival of MCR-1 in America is now only being held back by 'a finger in the dike'.
Agricultural use of antibiotics is by far the greatest threat to us, promoting drug resistance on a grander scale than hospital use. We must get all countries to agree to eliminate colistin and carbapenem antibiotics, in particular, from animal use. They are our last ditch antibiotics at a time when there is little drug development. This, and limiting some types of food imports, will slow the tide of this latest superbug threatening us. Its arrival is inevitable though, given global travel and trade. We’ll just need to keep our finger in the dike for now while hoping that the government will restrict the importation of foods likely to be carriers of this gene, greatly reduce or bar the use of critical antibiotics in agriculture, and will allocate new resources to the development of treatments for these resistant organisms.
The HUGE problem with MCR-1 we are told is that it transfers its antibiotic resistance to other diseases threatening us such as E.coli, Salmonella and Pneumonia as shared in this 1st video. Imagine getting a small cut that gets infected and unlike the past, where Americans could simply take doctor prescribed antibiotics, the small cut becomes a deadly wound due to an incurable infection should antibiotic resistant bacteria get inside. That's the way we're headed we are told.
Keeping all of this in mind, a story from J.D. Heyes at Natural News gave us a list of 10 herbs and foods that will allegedly kill superbugs naturally. We have republished part of his list below with much more here.:
-- Honey: In a recently released study, researchers from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rode Island, reaffirmed that raw honey is one of the best natural antibiotics you can have.
Lead author Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D., presented the findings at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
"The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance," she said.
Honey uses a combination of weapons including polyphenols, hydrogen peroxide and an osmotic effect. Honey is practically an ambidextrous fighter, using multiple modalities to kill bacteria.
-- Colloidal silver: As noted by Gregory A. Gore, in his book, Defeat Cancer:
Silver was used 1,200 years ago by Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by the pioneers who populated our country. They used it for various illnesses and to keep their foods and liquids from spoiling. Prior to 1938, before antibiotics, colloidal silver was used by doctors as their main substance to fight bacteria in a more natural way than through the antibiotics they use today. Antibiotics can harm our kidneys and liver functions. Colloidal silver promotes healing.
-- Turmeric: This herb has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for many thousands of years to treat a wide range of infections. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities have been known to be highly effective in the treatment of bacterial infections. It can also be used topically for MRSA and additional lesions of the skin.
-- Oil of Oregano: This is an essential oil known best for its bacteria-killing abilities, as well as controlling staph infections like MRSA. It contains antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic and pain-relieving properties. In 2001, Science Daily reported on a Georgetown University study which found that oregano oil's germ-killing properties were nearly as effective as most antibiotics.
-- Tea tree oil: This is also a very potent and essential oil that has been shown to be effective in killing antibiotic-resistant MRSA on the skin. One important note: Therapeutic-grade tea tree oil must be used undiluted if it is to be used for this purpose.
-- Olive leaf extract: This substance has been used for a number of centuries to battle bacterial infections and is now currently being used as well to fight MRSA infections in some European hospitals. It provides immune system support while fighting antibiotic-resistant infections.
-- Garlic: This tasteful seasoning veggie has been used for medicinal purposes around the world for thousands of years. It was even used in the 1700s to ward off the plague. It possesses very potentantibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties.
The final graphic below shows us the deadliest pandemics in history visually. Are we about ready to witness something even more deadly across the world with the increase of drug-resistant bacteria and will we soon understand why FEMA camps and the millions of FEMA coffins have long been staged for usage?