INTERNATIONAL: Scientists Warn of ‘Post- Antibiotic’ Era
They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort- colistin- in patients and livestock in China. They said that resistance would spread around the world and raised the spectre of untreatable infections.
It is likely, resistance emerged after colistin was overused in farm animals. Bacteria becoming completely resistant to treatment- also know as the antibiotic apocalypse- could plunge medicine back into dark ages. The resistance had spread between a range of bacterial strains and species, including E. coli.
The concern is that the new resistance gene will hook up with others plaguing hospitals, leading to bacteria resistant to all treatment- what is known as pan -resistance.