The following is an excerpt from MARY ELIZABETH DALLAS | May 16, 2017 | CBSNews.com |
A type of bacteria that's resistant to many widely used antibiotics is unusually common among people in Houston, new research reveals.
The superbug, known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, is particularly prevalent in this city of 6 million people, according to scientists.
"Finding the otherwise uncommon strain in our city was a very surprising discovery," said the study's senior author, Dr. James Musser. He is chair of pathology and genomic medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital.
"We urgently need to identify potential vaccine targets or other new treatments, and develop new and rapid diagnostic techniques," he said in a hospital news release.
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