Scary New Superbug in 19 countries

This is scary news. We might actually be in the post-antibiotic era that we’ve been trying to avoid.

Bloomberg reports:

Just two months ago, researchers in China identified a gene that can make bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic called colistin. It was a bombshell discovery for people who follow superbugs. Now that gene has been detected in at least 19 countries, and scientists are alarmed.

Colistin is what doctors give you in the U.S. when nothing else works. Because it’s toxic, it can have some harmful side effects, but colistin can help defeat infections that shrug off every other antibiotic in their arsenal. If bacteria resist everything, including colistin, you’re out of luck.

Check out this map.

colistin map

And read the whole article here.

 

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