that makes bacteria highly resistant to a last-resort class of
antibiotics is in the U.S.
published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy says the
colistin-resistant mcr-1 E. coli has been discovered in a
woman in Pennsylvania.
introduced in the 1950s, is used to treat multidrug resistant
bacterial infections known as carbapenem-resistant
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says a
coordinated public health response is underway to try to
prevent its spread. In its blog, HHS states, "Although
the findings suggest that mcr-1-mediated colistin resistance
might be rare, HHS and USDA remind consumers that cooking all
meat, poultry and fish to its proper internal temperature
kills bacteria, viruses and other foodborne pathogens, whether
or not they are antibiotic-resistant."
issues we are encountering regarding antibiotic resistant
organisms continue to worsen, in large part are due to
inappropriate use of antibiotics in the hospital and in
outpatient settings," says Mayo Clinic infectious
diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh. "There are several
situations, such as viral upper respiratory infections, where
we see a lot of antibiotic overuse, in some part due to the
expectations from patients to be given an antibiotic. To
combat the ongoing problems of antibiotic resistance,
physicians have to change their prescribing habits, and
patients need to change their expectations."
which are used to treat bacterial infections such as
pneumonia, won’t help viral illnesses, such as colds, flu
and most sore throats. Mayo Clinic expert says antibiotic are
important drugs; however, overuse of the drugs has led to