Tall, thin women affected by dangerous bacteria


370 KILLING OF-THEY MAY SEEM LIKE THE PICTURE OF HOTEL BUT A GROWING NUMBER OF TALL THIN WOMEN BEING AFFECTED BY A DANGEROUS BACTERIA. MEDICAL SPECIALIST KRISTI KRUEGER HAS THE DETAILS IN TODAY’S HEALTH CAST. Kristi: SEVERAL TIME A DAY MARY LOU AIRIA HAS TO USE THIS DEVICE TO HELP CLEAR HER LUNGS. IN 2010 SHE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ DIAGNOSED WITH SOMETHING CALLED NON-TUERK LOS MUSICO BACTERIA OR MTH. THE BACTERIA TO UNDERSTAND FOUND IN EVERYTHING FROM SOIL TO SHOWER HEADS WHICH IS HOW MARY LOU BELIEVES SHE GOT INFECTED. I WOULD STAND IN THE SHOWER FOR HOURS. I REALLY — BECAUSE WHEN I’M UPSET, THAT’S WHAT I DO. I TAKE A HOT, HOT STEAMY SHOWERS. Kristi: BUT THAT MAY NOT BE THE ONLY REASON MARY LOU WAS INFECTED. DOCTORS SAY HER HEIGHT AND HER WEIGHT MAY ALSO OF INCREASED HER RISK. IS IT STRIKING THAT IT TENDS TO BE WOMEN IN HER 50s, 60s, 70s, MOST OF THEM HAVE LED BLAMELESS LIVES, THEY AREN’T CIGARETTE SMOKERS WITH THEY’RE NOT MINERS. Will: LUNG SPECIALIST SAID THERE ARE ABOUT 30,000 CASES OF MTM EVERY YEAR, MOST INVOLVE TALL, THIN WOMEN WHO APPEAR TO HAVE A WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM. AND WE BELIEVE THAT THAT’S ONE OF THE FEATURES THAT MAKES SOME INDIVIDUALS, PARTICULARLY SLENDER WOMEN, MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE INFECTION. Kristi: AND ONCE THEY GET THE IT, THE CURE RATES ARE LOW, ONLY ABOUT 50%. THAT MEANS EVEN WITH A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, SOME WOMEN LIKE MARY LOU WILL FAUST A LIFETIME OF TREATMENT. AND PATIENTS ABOUT MT M OFTEN TAKE SEVERAL DIFFERENT ANTIBIOTICS FOR YEARS AND SOME

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