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Rising threat of infections unfazed by antibiotics

from The New York Times

A minor-league pitcher in his younger days, Richard Armbruster kept playing baseball recreationally into his 70s, until his right hip started bothering him. Last February he went to a St. Louis hospital for what was to be a routine hip replacement. By late March, Armbruster, then 78, was dead. After a series of postsurgical complications, the final blow was a bloodstream infection that sent him into shock and resisted treatment with antibiotics. Not until the day Armbruster died did a laboratory culture identify the organism that had infected him: Acinetobacter baumannii. more


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