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.