Apocalypse Pig Redux: Last-Resort Resistance in Europe
Here’s a breaking news follow-up to my recent post on the discovery of resistance to colistin, the truly last last-resort antibiotic, in animals, meat and people in China. A research collaboration shared between George Washington University and the Statens Serum Institute and National Food Institute in Denmark is announcing today that they have found that same resistance factor in stored bacterial samples dating back as far as 2012.
Short version: That resistance to the very last-ditch antibiotic is already spreading globally.
The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GWU, headed by Lance Price, PhD, says in an emailed statement:
The news that the dangerous colistin resistance gene has been found in Denmark is alarming. This newly identified