Indestructible strain of E.coli ‘has reached the US’, researchers warn

Monday, August 29, 2016
By Paul Martin

Earlier this year researchers found strains resistant to colistin antibiotics
But new tests show a strain that is also resistant to carbapenem antibiotics
The sample comes from a 76-year-old patient who was treated in 2014
Rutgers University scientists have spent months trying to understand his infection and why it was so difficult to treat

29 August 2016

Researchers have discovered America’s first untreatable strain of E. Coli bacteria.

The unique new superbug has mobile genes that make it resistant to two types of antibiotics, which are now considered last-line defenses against life-threatening bacteria.

It was discovered in a 76-year-old man who was treated in 2014 for a complicated urinary tract infection.

Scientists have spent months analyzing the patient’s blood and urine samples to understand why his infection was so challenging to treat.

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