WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Superbug Kills Seventh Person In Maryland

Play associated audio

A seventh victim in Maryland has died as a result of a superbug outbreak at the National Institutes of Health. The victim, an unidentified boy from Minnesota, contracted the strain of bacteria at NIH while being treated for complications from a bone marrow transplant.

Doctors say the patient also had a severe immune disorder, which increased his risk of getting the so-called superbug.

The boy was the 19th patient to contract the strain of antibiotic resistant bacterium, which was first detected at the hospital back in August of 2011. That fall, NIH staff initiated extraordinary measures including the removal and replacement of plumbing in an effort to halt the spread of the disease.

Beginning in January of this year, no new cases appeared at NIH until the boy tested positive in July; he died Sept. 7.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say approximately 6 percent of hospitals nationwide are battling similar forms of the disease.

NPR

'Theeb' Looks At Middle East History Through The Eyes Of A Bedouin Boy

The Oscar-nominated film is set in 1916 Saudi Arabia, a pivotal time in the region. Director Naji Abu Nowar says he wanted to explore "how strange and surreal it must have been" for the Bedouins.
NPR

Beer And Snack Pairings: A Super Bowl Game Everyone Can Win

Which beer goes with guacamole? How can a brew complement spicy wings? Two craft beer experts share their favorite pairings and help us take our Super Bowl snack game to the next level.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know Before the New Hampshire Primary

New Hampshire has a reputation for strong voter participation and independents. It's really easy to get on the ballot, and it has had a better track record of picking GOP nominees in recent years.
NPR

Twitter Says It Has Shut Down 125,000 Terrorism-Related Accounts

The announcement comes just weeks after a woman sued Twitter, saying the platform knowingly let ISIS use the network "to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.