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Lawmakers fear arrival of ‘unstoppable’ superbugs
The Hill

Lawmakers are expressing growing alarm that a “superbug” crisis could strike the United States, with once treatable infections becoming lethal.

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Tuesday grilled public health officials on how to best target funds at home and abroad against the threat.

The hearing came just weeks after a Pennsylvania woman became the first patient in America with MCR-1, a highly-resistant gene discovered in China last year.

“It signals the potential arrival of an unstoppable superbug,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) on Tuesday.

“The fear is not if, but when, this gene transfers and merges with another superbug that is resistant to all other antibiotics,” added Upton, the chairman of the full Energy and Commerce Committee. “This would create the nightmare scenario of a bacterial infection that cannot be stopped with any known antibiotic treatment.”