Freaky superbug poured out of NIH sinks for a decade, infecting patients

Freaky superbug poured out of NIH sinks for a decade, infecting patients

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An unusual multidrug-resistant bacterium lurked in sinks at the
National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center for more than a
decade, striking at least a dozen patients, a new report by NIH
scientists concludes.

Researchers tracked the superbugs to sinks in patient rooms amid
a freaky outbreak in 2016. Searching through genetic sequences of
clinical samples collected as far back as 2006—a year after a new
inpatient hospital building opened—researchers identified eight
other cases for a total of 12 instances where the sink-dwelling
germs had splashed into patients.

The aquatic germ in these cases was Sphingomonas koreensis. Such
sphingomonas species are ubiquitous in the environment but rarely
cause infections. In the NIH patients, however, they were found to
cause a variety of problems, including pneumonia, blood infections,
a surgical site infection, and a potential urinary tract
colonization. Some isolates were resistant to 10 antibiotics
tested, spanning three classes of drugs.

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Freaky superbug poured out of NIH sinks for a decade, infecting patients