Canadian bedbugs carry superbug bacteria: study
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As many as 31 percent of people living in that section of Vancouver, known as Downtown Eastside, have reported bedbug infestations, and both VRE and MSRA infections are commonly seen at the nearby Saint Paul's Hospital, the report said. …
Frosty Wooldridge, a regular blogger, author, and speaker http://www.frostywooldridge.com/ on the dangers of immigration and population increase regarding disease spread to our country. I have attributed the spread of deadly organisms mostly due to Factory Farms Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment by David Kirby. Kirby worked at these places undercover because inspection is prohibited. HIV patients are a vector for transmitting resistant TB bacteria in Africa and perhaps the case for bedbugs in Vancouver, BC might be similar. So far no proof on whether the bedbugs infected with MRSA and Vancomycin, the antibiotic of last resort, have been transmitted to humans.
Most hospitalization for serious diarrhea is caused by Vancomycin resistant C. Difficile bacteria (one-third) and nonresistant bacteria (two-thirds). It is likely that a gram negative bacteria in 37 states and epidemic in New York hospitals is resistant to all antibiotics. The big scare is that this gene is easily transferred to other bacteria such as e-coli. Pneumonia deaths are increasing fast most likely do this antibiotic resistance.
- Difficile which forms spores when attacked is extremely hard to get rid of permanently. For example Vancomycin is a bacteriostat which stops it growing, but does not kill the bacteria and the antibiotics that kill the bacteria often do not do it completely so in this infection, it often comes back. So a healthy colon is a requirement to avoid infections.
As I reported earlier, some early studies indicate the feces from a healthy colon spouse has cured 23 patients by one doctor from almost fatal C. Difficile. Nothing worked. Other doctors are getting similar results. I know that babies soon after birth carry some of these deadly bacteria already in a small study. So perhaps the diet of the mother may affect the diet of the baby.
Remember Scientific results are unproven until many other researchers get similar results. That is what was wrong with the child vaccine scare from now revealed fraud. I never believed that study because no one else was able to repeat the work in one of the top Medical journals, Lancet. Although it is not full-proof, go to places such as the Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.com . I find it more trustworthy than Harvard. NIH and Cleveland Clinic are several good sources.
Back in the 1980s I logically decided not to use antibacterial soaps because I knew that the good bacteria on our skin keeps the deadly ones low or nonexistent. About ten years later this was proven by a peer reviewed article appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but not reported repeatedly in the media for obvious commercial reasons.
Apparently the soap makes the antibacterial not work well, and the population of deadly e-coli in most meat is not completely washed off. This might be due to sloppy handwashing as is often done with these alcohol based hand cleaners and not enough rubbing. The best way to clean kitchen counters and sink to get rid of bacteria is to use vinegar with gloves. These wipes most likely do not work very well even though the claim is that they do. “You Lie”
I strongly recommend you do not use antibiotics for viral infections or bacterial infections unless recommended by the doctor after a discussion of the seriousness of your infection. The antibiotics destroy the bacteria in our colon which provide great resistance to deadly bacteria provide you eat the lower carbohydrate (sugars especially) diet.
Many seniors have bugs that indicate that they eat a high carbohydrate diet. It will take time to change the bugs in your colon, if you make meat and chicken as flavor condiments instead of your major source of proteins, you decrease your chance for infections. Fresh local yogurt or probiotic pills may help. Fresh yogurt really helped my digestive health greatly.
For the above reasons, I do not take airlines except in emergencies and stay only at the more expensive hotels where they go to more effort to keep bedbugs out, but check them out by removing the bedding (don’t put anything on the floor) and look at the seams for bedbug fecal material. They come out at night.
Jim Kawakami, May 11, 2011, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com
Bedbugs Canada MRSA and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecium VRE CDC
Could bloodsucking bedbugs get any creepier? Turns out, the answer is yes.
Bedbugs carrying potent drug-resistant staph bacteria have been found in a poor section of Vancouver, Canada, said a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.
Five bedbugs were plucked off the bodies of three hospitalized patients from a rough section of downtown Vancouver where rates of poverty, HIV and injection drug use are high.
The bugs were tested and found to be infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), said the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases report.
It was unclear whether the people infected the bugs or the bugs infected the people.
"To our knowledge, no conclusive evidence has demonstrated disease transmission by bedbugs," said the study, which called for further research due to the admittedly small sample of patients.
"Bedbug carriage of MRSA, and the portal of entry provided through feeding, suggests a plausible potential mechanism for passive transmission of bacteria during a blood meal."
In other words, contamination could theoretically happen if a person scratches where a bedbug has attached to the skin, causing an abrasion that allows the bacteria room for entry.
MRSA is a staph infection increasingly seen in hospitals that can turn deadly if it gets into the bloodstream or a surgical wound.
VRE is a type of bacteria that can live on the skin and in the intestines without harming a person, but can cause serious health issues in people who are ill or have weakened immune systems.
Both bacteria have developed resistance to many antibiotics.
As many as 31 percent of people living in that section of Vancouver, known as Downtown Eastside, have reported bedbug infestations, and both VRE and MSRA infections are commonly seen at the nearby Saint Paul's Hospital, the report said.
A boom in bedbug populations has been witnessed across North America and western Europe over the past 10 years. Researchers believe the surge may be fueled by increasing world travel and growing resistance to pesticides.