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More antibiotic bad news June 3, 2016

Posted by drolarn in Uncategorized.

More bad news on the looming antibiotic resistance crisis. This particular “last resort” antibiotic colistin, is frequently (mis)used in this country to treat diarrhoea for which it is unhelpful and  ineffective.

Physician’s First Watch
David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2016
Bacteria Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotic Discovered in U.S.
By Amy Orciari Herman
Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH
Escherichia coli resistant to colistin — the last-resort antibiotic used to treat carbapenem-resistant bacteria — has been identified in the U.S. for the first time, researchers report in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. If colistin resistance eventually extends to carbapenem-resistant bacteria, those microbes will become “unstoppable,” the New York Times notes.



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