A multidrug resistant bacteria has been found in a hospital in Toronto. This may appear nothing unusual. However, the bacterium is very rare to North America and scientists have traced its origins to India.
Microbiologists, exploring caves in New Mexico, have found almost one hundred bacteria which are resistant to most modern antibiotics. The finding reveals important information about acquired resistance.
Gonorrhea used to be a fairly easy to treat sexually transmitted disease involving a single shot of penicillin. The disease evolved in time requiring other drugs to be used, but the drugs were plentiful. A new strain could change that.
Over 90,000 people per year are developing life threatening infections caused by the drug resistant staph germ MRSA. The germ is common in hospitals, and is spreading to schools, prisons and locker rooms.10% of those infected develop flesh eating disease.
Robert Daniels has been a virtual prisoner since 2006. His crime? He has drug-resistant tuberculosis. He returned from a trip aboard in Russia carrying the strain and was promptly put in confinement at Maricopa Medical Center.
Is this a comedy of errors or a classic case of "good news, bad news?" "Andrew Speaker, a 31-year-old lawyer, has multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, known as MDR TB -- and not a form of the disease known as extensively drug-resistant, or XDR."