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sarongsong
2005-Aug-02, 03:59 PM
August 2, 2005 (http://www.forbes.com/home/sciencesandmedicine/2005/08/02/iraq-war-infection-bacteria-cx_mh_0802iraqinfect.html)
"...a potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria that apparently originated in the Iraqi soil...Acinetobacter was the second most prevalent infection for soldiers in Vietnam, but the military did not expect to see it as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom...The rate of appearance of the bacteria has "been flat-out steady"..."

Gullible Jones
2005-Aug-02, 11:45 PM
There are bacteria very much like that on American soil, you know. Heard of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureas?

I'd be more worried about stuff that's easily transmitted person-to-person... Stuff like, for example, avian flue.

Maha Vailo
2005-Aug-03, 12:14 PM
Just out of curiosity, how would one know if one was infected with this or other drug-resistant bacteria? What would be the best way of treating it?

Also, in the future, when more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, how will we treat bacterial diseases? Would we be screwed?

- Maha (should I really worry about this?) Vailo

sarongsong
2005-Aug-03, 10:20 PM
More (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol11no08/05-0103.htm) from the CDC, outlining diagnoses and treatments:
"...Case reports were compiled from active-duty soldiers admitted to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas.."

Taks
2005-Aug-03, 10:32 PM
Just out of curiosity, how would one know if one was infected with this or other drug-resistant bacteria?
it doesn't go away.


What would be the best way of treating it?
the $64,000 question i think.



Also, in the future, when more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, how will we treat bacterial diseases? Would we be screwed?
we'll figure something out. remember, 100 years ago ALL bacterial infections were untreatable. i would not worry about it at all. getting yourself worked up over things you can't control actually lowers your immune system anyway! ;)

taks

Heid the Ba'
2005-Aug-04, 11:31 AM
Sounds a lot like what we call MRSA (http://www.link.med.ed.ac.uk/RIDU/Mrsa.htm), the easiest place to catch that is in a hospital.