New superbug resistant to antibiotic of last resort

A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.warns of a new deadly and aggressive bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics. Jian-Hua Liu, Ph.D., a professor at Southern Agricultural University in Guangzhou, and his team discovered a gene--found in common and deadly bacteria like E. Coli--that makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics used to fight superbugs. "These are extremely worrying results," Liu said in the study announcement. "Our results reveal the emergence of the first polymyxin resistance gene that is readily passed between common bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Klesbsiella pneumoniae, suggesting that the progression from extensive drug resistance to pandrug resistance is inevitable." Study announcement