As if the new “Delta” variant of the COVID virus (and there are others on the horizon) is not concerning enough, health officials in two separate areas of the country are reporting concerns about the emergence of a "superbug" that poses threats to the elderly and here at home, Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) officials have cited an increase in another infection first found in Philadelphia some 45 years ago that may also have its origin in the pandemic.
First, let's talk about the superbug. The CDC cites the top five "superbug" infections that are resistant to antibiotics that they consider to be urgent threats to public health. They are;
Acinetobacter (bacteria) - Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter causes pneumonia and wound, bloodstream, and urinary tract infections. Nearly all these infections happen in patients who recently received care in a healthcare facility.