The KPC superbug is a highly drug resistant form of Klebsiella pneumoniae infection. It resists most carbapenem drugs and is sometimes also known as CRKP.
It is treatable in some cases by Colistin or Tigecycline. Colistin is an old drug that doctors prefer not to use because of it’s toxic effect on the kidneys.
Tigecycline is also not regarded as quite as effective in urinary tract infections which is where many KPC infections are found.
Some infection specialists use them in combination, but even if that does work complete resistance to them both is emerging. There is profound concern about the return of the pre antibiotic age.
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