Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Reflection questions

  • Identify the bacterial infection(s) that Addy suffered from.
  • Describe why the bacteria infecting Addy were/are so dangerous.
  • What is NDM-1? Recall that David Ricci was infected with Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE),an NDM-1 possessing bacteria.
  • Where can NDM-1 containing bacteria be found in the environment?
  • What type of outbreak might Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) cause? sporadic, endemic, epidemic, pandemic. Justify your response.
  • The National Institutes of Health is the world’s foremost leading research medical center. Can you identify 4 possible “sources” of the Klebsiella pnuemoniae carbapenemase – producing bacteria? (identify whether the sources are a fomite, a vector, passive carrier, asymptomatic carrier)

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