Recently a patient with colistin-resistant E. coli was treated in an outpatient military treatment facility in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Due to the genetics of the organism, the patient successfully responded to treatment of the infection and is doing well. Currently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with DoD, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, local health departments, and others to address this isolated incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria and eliminate its opportunity to spread to other individuals. To be clear, this is one particular bacterium that is resistant to one particular medication, not a widespread bacterial resistant to a variety of medications. For more information, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Q: How did the patient get it?
A: At this time it is not known how the patient got it.
Q: Who is the patient? Where is the patient now?
A: Due to HIPAA we cannot disclose any medical or personal information about this individual
Q: How can I protect myself from infection from these bacteria?
A: Cooking all meat, poultry and fish to its proper internal temperature kills bacteria, viruses and other foodborne pathogens, whether or not they are antibiotic-resistant. For more public health information, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health.