You can get it by using hot-tubs (key symptoms is a skin rash), and if it infects lungs, kidneys or the urinary tract (this was the case with Bridi) the results can be fatal.
The bacteria is especially troublesome for its ressistance to antibiotics |(hence it also occurs on surgical equipment in hospitals.
Antibiotics that have activity against P. aeruginosa include:
* aminoglycosides (gentamicin, amikacin, tobramycin);
* quinolones (ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin but not moxifloxacin)
* cephalosporins (ceftazidime, cefepime, cefpirome, but not cefuroxime, ceftriaxone, cefotaxime)
* ureidopenicillins (piperacillin, ticarcillin: P. aeruginosa is intrinsically resistant to all other penicillins)
* carbapenems (meropenem, imipenem, but not ertapenem)
* polymyxins (polymyxin B and colistin)
* monobactams (aztreonam)
These antibiotics must all be given by injection, with the exception of fluoroquinolones and of aerosolized tobramycin.