New, deadly drug-resistant pathogen emerges in Ohio, exchanges genes with other bacteria

Monday, September 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: David Gutierrez
Monday, September 08, 2014

Health researchers have announced the discovery of a new antibiotic-resistant superbug in Ohio, in a study published ahead of print in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The print version is due for publication in October.

Although any new superbug is cause for concern, researchers are particularly worried about this specific strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa because they suspect that it may already have been spreading unnoticed for some time. In addition, the evidence suggests that the new superbug has been swapping genetic material with other potentially infectious bacteria. The genetic component responsible for their antibiotic resistance is common in bacteria worldwide, but until now has been rare in the United States.

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