Colistin resistance found in China

In the news this week is the story that an antibiotic of last resort for curing otherwise drug-resistant superbug infections has succumbed to a resistant bacterial strain in China. The unfortunate discovery has led to a widespread call by scientists for urgent restrictions on the use of the class of anti-biotics [...]

November 19th, 2015|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|Tags: , |

Superbug Outbreak at LA Hospital

'Superbug' outbreak raises questions about medical scope By ALICIA CHANG Feb. 19, 2015 11:08 PM EST Two people have died and five more have been infected, supposedly due to a carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, after undergoing endoscopic procedures. The Associated Press story suggests that, "the infections may have been transmitted [...]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|

UK Scientists Announce Breakthrough in Race Against Antibiotic Resistance

via Charlie Cooper, Story: Scientists at the research-intensive University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK announced last month that they have found an “Achilles heel” of a particularly significant group of antibacterial resistant superbugs. The “Achilles heel” they’ve announced finding pertains to the cell membrane of this [...]

Rates of Bacterial Mutation and Antibacterial Drug Resistance

via motherboard.vice.comby Michael Byrne, Story: "Nature Communications" has found that harmful bacterium spread more quickly when isolated from other neighboring bacteria, as outlined in a recent paper released by the journal. The paper, which observed mutation rates of bacteria including E. coli, reported that such rates increase proportionately to [...]

June 17th, 2014|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|

Superbugs a worldwide threat

via Story: The WHO is reporting that antibiotic-evading superbugs are continuing to strengthen and proliferate across the globe (also covered here and here). Image via The result of this spreading threat is that in many cases, many common yet important drugs no longer possess the same effectiveness they [...]

WHO report indicates drug-resistant superbugs’ ‘devastating’ implications are a reality

via Story: "The implications will be devastating", warns Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security. The now very real threat of potentially disastrous implications of drug-resistant superbugs, as outlined in a new report recently released by the WHO, is what Fukuda is referring to. A researcher [...]

May 16th, 2014|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|Tags: , , , |

Farm-animal antibiotics could pose human super-bug risk, minister admits

Powerful antibiotics given to farm animals could pose a threat to human health by increasing the risk of super-bugs, a Government minister has said. By Rowena Mason, Political Correspondent 12 Jun 2013 Full story via The Telegraph: <a title="Antibiotics given to farm animals could pose super-bug risk, minister admits" href=" special [...]

June 13th, 2013|Categories: Antibiotic resistance|Tags: , |
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