Thursday, March 7, 2013

Antibiotic Resistant Gut Bacteria

"Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control, called the organisms “nightmare bacteria”, and noted that they could pass their trait for drug resistance — encoded in a scrap of genetic material called a plasmid — along to other bacteria.

According to a new report by the disease centers, among all infections with gut bacteria, the proportion caused by carbapenem - resistant types rose to 4 percent in 2012, from 1 percent in 2001; among infections caused by one type of bacteria, Klebsiella, 10 percent have become resistant, compared with 2 percent a decade ago."

Deadly nightmare bacteria resist antibiotics | Washington Times Communities