A drug-resistant strain of E.coli bacteria has been found for the first time in the United States.
The bacteria was discovered when a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman showed up at a local clinic seeking treatment for a urinary tract infection. Samples of the bacteria were sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for testing, where it was confirmed that the E. coli carried a resistance gene known as Mcr-1.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said antimicrobial resistance is a “fundamental threat” to global health and safety at the first general assembly meeting on drug-resistant bacteria.
It is only the fourth time the general assembly has held a high-level meeting for a health issue.
“If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make providing high-quality universal healthcare coverage more difficult if not impossible,” said Ban. “It will undermine sustainable food production. And it will put the sustainable development goals in jeopardy.”
With resistance to antibiotics rising, ancient remedies are getting a second look. Could plant-based drugs save us?
If you are admitted to one of the 320 intensive-care units at HCA Inc.’s hospitals, you will be bathed with germ-killing soap and administered an antibiotic nose ointment twice daily for five days.
HCA, the largest chain of for-profit hospitals in the U.S., has adopted this regimen after studying the best ways to reduce infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs” such as MRSA, which can be deadly for patients after surgery or illness.
The latest figures for MRSA bacterial blood infections, published on July 7 by Public Health England (PHE) and covering infection in NHS England, have shown a worrying rise with some 819 infections reported in the year 2015/2016, representing a 2.4% increase over last year.
At the same time, the less reported, but more common and life-threatening MSSA bacterial blood infection rate has continued to be ignored and has been allowed to progressively escalate.
SOUTH BEND — The Michiana Family YMCA is alerting the public that a staff member, as well as a child attending its Child Watch service, has contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA.
A new study finds that secondary infection with the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium or "superbug" often kills patients suffering from influenza because the flu virus alters the antibacterial response of white blood cells. The study published online Monday, further states that that the antibacterial response of white blood cells leads to damaging the patients' lungs instead of destroying the bacterium.
A USA TODAY investigation shows MRSA bacteria, once confined to hospitals, are emerging in communities to strike an increasing number of children, as well as schools, prisons, even NFL locker rooms.
A potentially deadly staph infection called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has taken root in the locker room of Greg Schiano’s Buccaneers this season.
THE DAY BEFORE the Celtics opened training camp, a nurse peered up at Shaq and delicately swirled a cotton swab inside each of his ample nostrils. The purpose was to determine the threat he posed to his new club. You'd think the team would have sussed that out before signing the 18-year vet, but this mission wasn't about the possibility of the NBA's oldest and beefiest jester undermining the game plan or locker room chemistry. No, this was about Shaq infecting the Celtics literally, with an invisible intruder that could turn Delonte West's big toe into a pus-filled plum or Paul Pierce's middle finger into an inflamed sausage or his elbow into an angry grapefruit.