The Post-Antibiotic Era?

Colistin is a polymyxin antibiotic effective against several pathogenic species of Gram-negative bacteria, including Pseudomonas, Klebsiella and E. coli. Even though the drug can cause kidney damage, it is still in use due to its role as a “drug of last resort” for certain bacterial infections. A new report in The Lancet details extensive spreading of colistin-resistant E. coli in China. The spread of resistance is thought to be due to plasmid-based sharing of a colistin-resistance mechanism caused by the overuse of colistin in pig farms. The resistant stain is also appearing commonly in the human population in southern China.

E. coli Bacteria Can Transfer Antibiotic Resistance to Other Bacteria

Endotoxin Pig

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