by: Vivian Chow
An antibiotic-resistant bacteria was discovered for the first time in Los Angeles County and experts are concerned, saying the fast-spreading bacteria poses great health risks, especially for those who are immunocompromised.
The super bacteria was found by USC professor Adam Smith and his team at the two largest wastewater facilities in L.A. County — Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey and the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson.
The bacteria and its associated gene renders colistin, a “last resort” antibiotic, completely ineffective. Colistin is used for serious infections or conditions that can’t be treated with or haven’t responded to antibiotics like penicillin.
Smith said although this particular type of antibiotic-resistant gene has been found elsewhere in the world, this is the first time it’s been found in L.A.
He said wastewater is a good indication of the public’s overall health which is why testing should be done regularly to track down burgeoning illnesses.
Antibiotic-resistant super bacteria found for the first time in Los Angeles County. (KTLA)
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