Doctors Mull a 'World without Antibiotics'
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Health Issues page and our Food Safety page . While analyzing supermarket chicken meat and Dutch hospital patients, scientists found a worrisome similarity between the two: they both tested positive for the disease-causing bacteria Escherichia coli -- and the organisms carried the same genes conferring drug resistance, suggesting a passage from one to the other. This was only one of several disturbing topics infection control specialists tackled at the 3rd annual World Healthcare-Associated Infection Forum in Annecy, France last month, as they pondered what the organization dubbed, "a world without antibiotics." It's not, of course, that the world's running out of the drugs, tens of thousands of tons of which are used in both humans and animals every year: it's that we're running out of ones effective against mi...