NIH fights resistant 'superbug' strain

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

NIH fights resistant 'superbug' strain

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Institute of Health says it has been able to fight a deadly, antibiotic resistant superbug in its hospital.

The NIH says 18 of its patients became infected with the bacteria over a six month period last year.

Eleven of the 18 died.

It was a rare strain called Klebsiella and months of detective work inside the hospital finally revealed a respirator to be a part of the problem.

Other patients who were infected but showed no signs for months also unknowingly spread the bacteria.

An estimated 1.7 million patients a year become infected with bacteria during hospital stays in this country.

This report is published in the journal, Science Translational Medicine.

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