Today’s Infectious Disease News (12/3/19)

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Antibiotic Resistance of Salmonella, Other Bacteria Continues to Grow

According to a new report, drug resistance of multiple bacteria, including Salmonella, in retail meats as well as humans increased from 2015-2017. The report reaffirmed the concerning trend of growing antibiotic resistance of bacteria. Another key finding of the study was that 9 of the bacteria samples were found to contain 2 genes that cause resistance to the antibiotic colistin. According to Karin Hoelzer (PhD, DVM), senior officer with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ antibiotic resistance project, “we know that colistin is one of these last-resort antibiotics that have become, unfortunately, really important in human medicine, because a lot of the other treatments are no longer working…So seeing resistance to these drugs emerging, and seeing a multidrug-resistance increase, those are concerning trends.”

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