Infectious Disease Expert Not Worried About New Superbug

Published: May. 31, 2016 at 5:45 PM EDT
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The National Institutes of Health is downplaying the latest superbug found in the United States.

Last week, health officials reported a Pennsylvania woman infected with a bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Doctors say it was a strain of e-coli that did not respond to a "last resort" antibiotic called Colistin. Its the first time a bacteria has been resistant to the drug.

But a U.S.infectious disease expert says there's no reason to panic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, "It doesn't scare me, I think when you use the word scare that just adds a degree of emotional response to it that is not appropriate. This is a challenge we have. We know that we have an issue with antibiotic resistance. We have it and have had it in this country and worldwide for some time now."

The Pennsylvania woman was eventually treated and released from the hospital.

The NIH Director says it's not surprising the strain of bacteria turned up in the U.S. since it's been identified in other countries. He says the U.S. already has a major effort underway to fight anti-bacterial resistance.

The Pennsylvania woman was eventually treated and released from the hospital.