In early 2009, doctors in the U.S. notice a doubling in the number of pediatric patients with staph infections that are resistant to antibiotics, from 12% in 2001 to 28% percent in 2006.
MRSA in Children is Resistant to Drugs
BRIAN WILLIAMS, co-host:
We are back now with NBC News In Depth tonight. It has to do with the world of health. Another one of these so-called super bug infections. This one going after children and its resistant to drugs. Our report tonight from our chief science correspondent Robert Bazell.
WAYMONLYN HOSKINS: Miyah.
ROBERT BAZELL reporting:
When Amiyah Hoskins was four months old last October her temperature suddenly shot up. She was diagnosed with a lymph node infection in her neck with a drug resistant super bug called MRSA.
Mrs. HOSKINS: I said, ‘Oh my goodness’. I knew people had died from that.
Dr. SIPOTTI ZAPATA: This is abscess cavity…
BAZELL: Dr. Sipotti Zapata at the Emery School of Medicine in Atlanta quickly performed surgery to drain the infected area, the only possible treatment.
Dr. ZAPATA: When the infections start in the head and neck region they can easily extend down into the chest.
BAZELL: The drug resistant staff infection MRSA has been a growing problem in the US. First in hospitals, then schools, prisons, and in the general community.
Now a new study reveals a big increase in pediatrics. They found that antibiotic resistant ear, nose, and throat staph infection in children jumped from 12% in 2001 to more than 28% in 2006.
Dr. STEVEN SOBLE: Possibly a right-sided abscess.
BAZELL: Dr. Zapata’s colleague, Dr. Steven Soble headed the study.
Dr. SOBLE: I think it’s a very significant public health problem. Say ahh.
BAZELL: Dr. Soble says parents and doctors need to watch for infections that did not heal properly.
Dr. SOBLE: Can I use my flashlight to look in your ears?
BAZELL: And follow the usual infection precautions including hand washing, but he says there is no need to overdo it.
Dr. SOBLE: The main point is don’t panic. This is something that’s been around for years. It will likely continue to be around for years.
BAZELL: After her treatment Amiyah Hoskins healed quickly and today is a healthy 7-month old…
Mr. HOSKINS: You want to talk to her?
BAZELL: …but a reminder of the danger of the growing threat of drug resistant infection.
Mr. HOSKINS: Hello?
BAZELL: Robert Bazell, NBC News-New York.
The modern medical era began when an absent-minded British scientist named Alexander Fleming returned from vacation to find that one of the petri dishes he forgot to put away was covered in a bacteria-killing mold. He had discovered penicillin, the world's first antibiotic.
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