An infection caused by a novel strain of E. coli has hit the US, with more than 6,000 patients reported infected, including more than 1,000 in the last three weeks.
The infections have hit many western doctors in the US in recent months, with an uptick in cases and hospitalizations among doctors and nurses.
But this is a rare strain of the bacteria that typically is found in the lungs and bloodstream of patients with EBVs, so doctors are being asked to become ready for the worst-case scenario.
“I think it’s time to make some changes in our practice, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” said Dr. Andrew Weisburd, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.
“The CDC has said they’re not really expecting a major spike in E.coli cases.
So if you think about the numbers that we’re seeing, I think that’s going to be a pretty big jump.”
Dr. Weisbrud is an outspoken critic of what he calls “coronavirus pandemic denial,” which he says has resulted in a culture of “fear and denial” in the medical profession.
The disease is spread by the bacteria Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, and most of the patients are in their early 20s and 30s, who are often unaware they have the infection.
But as the infection has spread across the country, many doctors and nurse practitioners have been infected themselves.
In addition to the patients who are being treated at hospitals, more than 2,500 new infections have been reported in hospitals, according to the CDC.
The virus is a novel E. coli strain, which is highly resistant to the standard antibiotics used to treat other types of infections, including MRSA and Salmonella.
And doctors have been increasingly finding themselves at risk from the virus as the US population ages.
As more patients are infected, it is believed that the new strain of bacteria will become more widespread, making it even more challenging for doctors to keep up with the demand.
“There’s a real fear that the patient population will get younger, and so the demand for physicians will rise and the demand to get into the community will go up,” said Weisbrid, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Infectious Disease Division.
There are now more than 500 doctors working in the emergency department and the ER, and many are already experiencing increased workloads.
Dr. Eric Niedermeyer, the chairman of the American Society of Infectious Medicine, says the epidemic has already forced many of his doctors to step up their care, including nurses.
But he says the new strains of the virus are far more resistant to current antibiotics.
He also says the virus is spreading faster than he anticipated.
So doctors are beginning to think about how to stay ahead of the disease, and how they might be able to treat the patient better.
“If I think about it, the reason I have to go to the ER more often is because I’m more often treating people who have been exposed to a virus that is much more difficult to treat,” he said.
One way that doctors are coping is to use a different form of care.
When Dr. Weislbrud was treating a patient in the ER in September, he found that the nurse practitioner was not doing the same thing he was, according, a story published on CNN.
This led to a discussion about whether nurses should take over.
Niedermeier said it’s a question that needs to be answered, but he also said that nurses are more likely to perform more complex tasks when their primary care provider is out of the loop.
“When we go into the ER and there’s no one there, we’re not going to have a lot of information that we can use to decide what to do, and we’re going to make a decision based on our own instincts,” he told CNN.