Bacteria resistant to all antibiotics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also found one strain of Colistin-resistant E. coli in a single sample of a pig intestine, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services. This latest finding is much more worrisome because the mutation has arisen in a way that allows it to be easily shared with other bacteria.

The overuse of antibiotics - and their misuse for viral illnesses like the flu, which don't respond to antibiotics - have helped drug-resistant strains of bacteria flourish.

USA public health official is grimly forecasting as "the end of the road" for antibiotics, a strain of the most fearsome antibiotic-resistant superbug was found in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman.

The discovery - the first time the strain has been found inside the US - "heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria", according to a report released Thursday by Department of Defense researchers. Due to colistin's side effects it has been known as a last resort against multi-drug-resistant strains of bacteria, including the "nightmare bacteria" carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden said the discovery marks the "end of the road" is near for antibiotics. In an effort to see if others might be carrying the organism, the CDC was reportedly planning to screen the patient and her contacts.

"It wouldn't be a stretch to say that we are toward the end of effective antimicrobial therapy for antibiotic resistant bacteria".

United Kingdom health officials have repeatedly warned of the threat of antibiotic resistance and are urging Global Positioning System not to prescribe antibiotics unless necessary.

 

 

  • Lila Blake