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Toronto Doctors Discover Superbug
The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto is the site of a recent health scare.

A 14-month-old toddler has been infected with a potentially dangerous case of meningitis caused by a new strain of Streptoccocus pneumoniae 19A that doctors could not treat with approved antibiotics.

The strain was first discovered by doctors in Rochester NY while they were treating children with chronic ear infections.

Bacterial meningitis is a fast-moving infection found in spiral cord fluid. Typically, it raises only minor concern.

The child is being treated with antibiotics that would normally never be administered to children.

“The antibiotics being used for treatment are not too strong and have been studied extensively,” Janet Casey, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester, said.

The disease causes ear infections and, in severe instances, has been known to cause neurological damage and deafness.

According to Dr. Casey, it is not very contagious.

“The concern is overuse. If the bacteria becomes resistant to more antibiotics, then there is a problem.”
"Dale Williams

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