Los Angeles, CA - Just in time for Spring Break at Southern California beaches... comes the revelation that the water could be infected with a deadly bacteria.
It all started when hospital officials there discovered a lethal bacteria now being called a "superbug." And it has scientists super scared.
Infectious disease expert Dr. James McKinnell warned, "The nightmare situation that I talk about is when I turn to you and say, 'you have a serious infection,' and my antibiotics are not likely to work."
The problem is where that bug came from. "Finding this superbug- CRE- in a waste treatment plant kind of indicated to us this is a problem that's growing in our environment," McKinnell shared.
It's growing because it originated in a hospital, and every day Southern California hospitals release millions of gallons of raw sewage, eventually into waste treatment plants. After the water is treated, it's sometimes released into the Pacific.
This superbug thrives in water, is drug-resistant, and it's deadly. As many as 50 percent of patients don't survive, "so one in four to one in two will not survive that infection," McKinnell confessed.
Right now, no one is testing the water for this bug, and that has scientists worried. "What hurts us is we have our hands bound," McKinnell conveyed.
Forget sharks. This bug could be worse than any bite!