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Superbug Spread by Eyedrops Has Shown Up in 2 Dogs: CDC

Two dogs treated last year in New Jersey tested positive for a drug-resistant strain of bacteria blamed on a deadly outbreak linked to eye drops used by humans, a CDC investigator reported Friday. The bacteria found – carbapenem-resistant, carbapenemase-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa – is “highly genetically linked” to germs linked to the illnesses of 81 people last year in 18 states. A total of 14 patients lost their sight and four died, CBS News reports. “Now that this bacteria has been introduced into the United States from artificial tears, this resistance could spread,” Emma Price said at a CDC outbreak intelligence conference.

Health officials are concerned about germs that produce carbapenemase because they can break down carbapenem antibiotics. This class of drugs is generally reserved for infections resistant to other treatments; resistance genes could spread to other pathogens. Samples from the dogs were sent to a laboratory in Pennsylvania, which noticed unusual signs of germ resistance and uploaded the strain’s genetic sequence to a national database. That prompted the CDC and state health officials to investigate. The FDA warned consumers about contaminated eye drops last fall and requested recalls. (More superbug stories.)

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