A ‘Slow Catastrophe’ Unfolds as the Golden Age of Antibiotics Comes to an End



Antibiotics becoming worthless

Drug resistant Infections on the rise

How many people are going to die now that antibiotics are becoming ineffective for saving lives?

We’re seeing more drug-resistant infections. And people will die.
— William P. Hanage, Harvard University infectious disease epidemiologist

LA Times reports:

In early April, experts at a military lab outside Washington intensified their search for evidence that a dangerous new biological threat had penetrated the nation’s borders.

They didn’t have to hunt long before they found it.

On May 18, a team working at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research here had its first look at a sample of the bacterium Escherichia coli, taken from a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania. She had a urinary tract infection with a disconcerting knack for surviving the assaults of antibiotic medications. Her sample was one of six from across the country delivered to the lab of microbiologist Patrick McGann.

Within hours, a preliminary analysis deepened concern at the lab. Over the next several days, more sophisticated genetic sleuthing confirmed McGann’s worst fears.

There, in the bacterium’s DNA, was a gene dubbed mcr-1. Its presence made the pathogen impervious to the venerable antibiotic colistin.

More ominously, the gene’s presence on a plasmid – a tiny mobile loop of DNA that can be readily snapped off and attached to other bacteria – suggested that it could readily jump to other E. coli bacteria, or to entirely different forms of disease-causing organisms. That would make them impervious to colistin as well.

Read More: A ‘slow catastrophe’ unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end – LA Times


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