November 19th, 2015

Podcast 190: Last line of antibiotic defense breached

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The Lancet Infectious Diseases has just published a worrying account from China about a dangerous antibiotic resistance factor carried on plasmids. The factor, called MCR-1, confers resistance to colistin — a last line of defense against multi-resistant Gram-negative bacilli.

The co-author of a helpful commentary in that journal, Dr. David L. Paterson of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, is our guest.

Lancet Infectious Diseases article (free abstract)

Lancet Infectious Diseases commentary (free abstract)

Physician’s First Watch coverage (free)

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