What Lies Beneath

A new report details a waterborne multidrug-resistant bacterium, Sphingomonas koreensis, that can creep through plumbing via slime or cling to life in sink parts. Moreover, the organism that caused pneumonia and blood, skin and urinary tract infections in 12 patients has an ironic home: an NIH hospital.
Clinical samples from the 2016 infestation date back over a decade and researchers believe the superbug first wormed into the water supply when the hospital was built in 2004.
The NIH has worked to elevate patient safety over “research demands.” Still, experts say the “opportunistic pathogen” could exist anywhere.
Ars Technica

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