Jeff Regan, MCI, Superbug discussed on 60 Minutes

Automatic TRANSCRIPT

To create superbox because they're being asked about every single day of their lives. Superbug evolves. In animals, it can spread to humans through soil. Mosa and the handling or eating of meat. That's exactly what happened in China when pigs that were fed Khalistan developed to genetic mutation cold MCI one it makes bacteria resistant to Callisto. The findings were first published in two thousand fifteen just three years later. MCI one was found in more than forty countries in two thousand seventeen sixty nine year old Jeff Regan became one of the first Americans to be found with MC one he arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital delirious and with a fever of one hundred six so they discovered that you've been infected with a backdoor carrying the gene MC one. Became like a famous person at the hospital. Thanks change within a day or two that a lot of different doctors coming into visit me asking me a lot of questions. What are they asking? You were asking me where I've been in the last six months, what my travel is, you know, everything about my life microbiologist and infectious disease. Dr Sarah was worried the infection could spread so she put a Regan in isolation. Had you ever seen MCI one before we had not this was the first one that our lab at isolated MCI one was I put it in pigs in China. How does it end up in Jeff? It's a great question. It's not completely clear how it ended up in Jeff it's entirely possible that he picked up during his travel. I know he's been to the Caribbean and one has been reported in the Caribbean. And so it's possible that when he was there he ate something. That maybe wasn't well cooked or picked it up, and it just colonized his gastrointestinal tract the centers for disease control is now tracking MCI one and told us they have found isolated cases in nineteen states. This superbug is still in a Regan system and with Callisto now no longer an option. He's relying on the one antibiotic lift that can fight it. And if that bacteria became resistant to that one antibiotic that still would what would happen then right now, that's my last line of defense. So you wouldn't survive without it? I've been told that. Some people might hear this and think well, the the best way to protect myself is just not travel to India not travel to other developing countries resistant bacteria that developed in the United States of that you're susceptible to you know, this is a global problem. It doesn't stay confined to any single case as an individual. Can I have any impact on this problem using individual can have a huge impact by recognizing that taking antibiotics inappropriately too far more harm than good? So even if you didn't care about resistance for other people might consider the fact that the antibodies won't work for you. When you really.

Coming up next