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BOSTON – An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: A new gene that can turn many types of bacteria into superbugs resistant to nearly all antibiotics has sickened people in three states and is popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.
Scientists have long feared this — a very adaptable gene that hitches onto many types of common germs and confers broad drug resistance.
"The ingredients are there" for widespread transmission, he said. "It's going to spread by plane all over the world."
- they all survied.
Lab tests showed their germs were not killed by the types of drugs normally used to treat drug-resistant infections, including "the last-resort class of antibiotics that physicians go to," Limbago said.
I can see how this may turn out bad if the gene becomes widespread.
Doctors have tried treating some of these cases with combinations of antibiotics, hoping that will be more effective than individual ones are. Some have resorted to using polymyxins — antibiotics used in the 1950s and '60s that were unpopular because they can harm the kidneys.