Category Archives: Antibiotic resistance

The WHO has posted a “Most Wanted” list for the microbial world

Antibiotic resistance continues to march on…. We have known that we are losing the ability to stop bacterial infections for a while now.  Back in 2013, the CDC posted their list of the most dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria  in an … Continue reading

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Watch antibiotic resistance evolve before your eyes!

Thanks to MCRO student Jack Iasiello for sending me a link to a fascinating video of how E. coli can quickly evolve antibiotic resistance. Harvard University and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology set up a 2 foot by 4 foot “petri … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports details information on ground beef contamination with bacterial pathogens

In my previous blog post, I was discussing how Consumer Reports had conducted an investigation into contamination of retail chicken with known bacterial pathogens. We then discussed in class ground beef, and the likelihood that it will always be contaminated with … Continue reading

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Is there still viable (living) bacteria on a frozen chicken?

Can bacteria survive the freezer? Bacteria will freeze along with the food they are on when they are stuck into a freezer. The pathogenic bacteria on foods that cause human disease  are primarily mesophiles or organisms that grow best at around 37 degrees Celsius.  In a … Continue reading

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How to create an army of “Superbugs”

In a very good article, USA TODAY describes how hospitals across the US are fighting a “Superbug” war. What is a superbug? It is a bacterium that has gained the ability to be resistant to almost all available antibiotics. The … Continue reading

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OK, so I am not the only one who is slightly obsessive

Many thanks to Claus Ullstad  for sending me this. It is perfect. I would credit the author, but I don’t know who did this. Probably a microbiologist.

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Super-gonorrhea is here.

I have discussed a number of bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics: KPC Klebsiella, and ANY bacteria containing the NDM-1 superplasmid. We also have known about increasing antibiotic resistance in the STD bacteria, Neisseria gonorrheae. Historically (meaning since the … Continue reading

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Quick Post on Totally Drug-Resistant TB

I saw and discussed TDR-TB in a previous post, but wanted to point out the major take home message from the Indian Express news article describing it: An audit of the patients’ prescriptions showed that 3 of the 1st 4 … Continue reading

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Student suspended for sharing antibiotics.

Yesterday a Harnett County middle school student was suspended for giving some of her antibiotics to a friend. The student was given a prescription of antibiotics for a sinus infection and “other ailments”. When she got to school she: gave a pill … Continue reading

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Try the Soup

So, from last week we know that taking antibiotics for common viral infections is bad for you. I mean that. It is BAD FOR YOU. You can destroy the commensal organisms that protect you against invading pathogens and promote the … Continue reading

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