Antibiotic-Resistant Strep A Virus

valley

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I know what it is and I know how it affects a person. The only thing I havent been able to find out is if there has been successful treatment of it so far. An outbreak in Pittsburg, PA occured in April, affecting 49 children, but I have not been able to find out how they recovered from it or what steps were taken to treat them. I've been looking online for a few hours but havent been able to find much. If anyone has a first hand knowlege of it, please post here or drop me a pm. Thanks.
 
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If it is strep it isn’t a virus. Everything I have read seems to think it is the streptococcus bacteria that has become drug resistant. Do you have a reference to its being a virus?
 

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no, I have no reference of it being a virus. The Dr uses the word "infection" but I keep thinking of it as a "virus". My mistake.

Thank yous for the responses and the links. I've printed everything out. At least it helps me to know what kind of questions to ask the Doctor on our next visit. I think we are leaning towards re-admitting him and starting IV antibiotics, since the main problem is that he cannot keep the oral doses down. He is pretty perky today, and managed to keep his breakfast down, along with his first dose. So far so good.

And just to clarify...this link explains the exact problem Jake has: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/health/04172002_drugbacteria.html We know what it is and what it does.....but the treatments still are doing nothing for him, even the strongest antibiotics. I was hoping someone might know of a certain antibiotic that has been more successful than all the others

I tried to edit the word "virus" out of the thread title but couldnt do it. Maybe one of the mods will do it for me so it wont mislead people any further?

Thanks
 
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Valley...,


Has been evaluated By a Infectious Disease Specialist??

Has the term "Broad Spectrum " treatment been used??

Allergies??

Has the term First line of Antibiotics or others been used??

How long has he had this ?? Any other organ dysfunction or infection spread??

If he cant take oral.. had he ever been on a Central Line or shunt for the IV's(antibiotic) ...

Is this the only case in your community ??

Pm with the town you live in and if you can travel 5, 10 or 50 miles for a visit with a specialist and I will track one down for you if you want to talk to some one...


Pediatrics is an interesting field but I can tell you this much that if a "child " is not responding to antibiotics , it can be a number of things such as rate of infection, a child's biochemical balance , and what else he or she has been exposed too..Drug companies do not test antibiotics on children so often it is up to the doctors to regulate and adjust accordingly , so keep that in mind and consulting doctors ( or getting different opinions when conditions are not improving is not an infringement but A RIGHT) to take a different approach can be helpful( just stay away from getting opinions from physicians who are in "practice " together)...

Resistant strains pop up when patients do not take the full prescribed treatment ( all the drugs , full course of treatment) .. It happens sometimes because people feel better but don't realize it took time for the body to become vulnerable to a contagion and even longer for it to become infectious ... Antibiotics take time and a regulated dosage to work.. And even if the drugs do clear up the "bugs", your immune system will take up to at least a week with proper rest , nutrition and hydration to heal ( so you are STILL vulnerable for reinfection)..

Viruses and Bacteria often have the very thing that makes us human , DNA .. They adapt to our "biological inner security system" and reproduce the next generation to be immune to what antibodies( Hunter Killer Cells in simple terms) our biological defenses produce..so it is on to the next drug ..and the next all the while some are not following the treatment plan .. It can stay undetected or a person can become a carrier and the next person they infect will not respond to a certain drug or plan of treatment...

and with that I ask ... Have you found out how, he may have come in contact with this contagion? And if so how was the person or child treated and with what?? If there is some improvement with the contagious patient maybe you should consult with their physician... ( I am sorry if you have said you have or didn't know this is the first I have read of this) ..

I am sending you my email address in a pm .. or you can post it here...
 

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thank you CQ!!! I will email you this evening to answer your questions. I really appreciate you letting me bounce it off of you. Just to prepare you.....keep in mind that I live in a rural area. My sister is a retired nurse from downstate and she is absolutely appalled by the doctors up here. I have to agree with her. I will tell you more about it in my email, rather than keep this thread active. Thanks again.
 
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Val ... ya gotta watch out for those D-minus Dr's in the rural areas ... trust me ... I know.... :mad:
 
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I hope that CQ can help you out and you can then get the help you need Valley to get Jake better.
 
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Valley.....
I also hope that you will find the answers and the help that you need.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family :)


Debe
 

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thanks, you guys.

Kath.....we are being careful of the Dr's here. We are not happy with what we are being told at all.

Harry...I value whatever advice CQ can offer. Chances are, it will be better than what I'm getting now.

Debe...we will take all the prayers you can spare. My pastor has put Jake on the prayer chain at church and alot of people are praying for him now. :)

One added upset is that Emily has strep throat now too. Lets hope that hers is a normal strain. Can you believe the Dr didnt give her a throat culture, knowing that Jake has the resistant strain? :mad: Chances are, she has contracted the same strain jake has and the regular Amoxycillin isnt going to get rid of it, but only feed the bacteria. I cant help but wonder why I havent gotten it. I give Jake lots of hugs and kisses, we snuggle up together and he spends most of the time on my lap sleeping these days. He has even coughed in my face a few times but I havent been sick at all. Thank God for small favors.

I'll let yous know what is going on here as I can. I've been here to read a bit but havent been in much of a mood to take part in many of the threads. I'll be back to "play" when everything is normal on the home front. Take care, you guys.
 
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Hang in there Val ... keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
*Hugs*
 
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I will keep all of you in my prays Valley.

My heart goes out to you and the family.

GOD Bless you.
 

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