27 May '16, 2pm

'Nightmare' bacteria found in the U.S. resists all known antibiotics

'Nightmare' bacteria found in the U.S. resists all known antibiotics

Last November researchers in China discovered a strain of bacteria that resisted all forms of antibiotics – including the “last-resort drug ” colistin. Now, government officials have found the first case of an antibiotic-resistant superbug in the United States. A 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania went to the doctor for symptoms akin to a urinary tract infection, however the ailment did not respond to antibiotics . She had not traveled during the five months before her infection. Doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center obtained samples and tested them, finding they did not respond to colistin. They released a study detailing the drug-resistant bacteria. Related: Antibiotic resistant bugs could kill 10 million people each year by 2050 The bacteria doesn’t respond to drugs because of a particular gene called mcr-1. According to the U.S. Department of Health an...

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