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A second patient in the US has been infected with bacteria carrying the mcr-1 'superbug' gene, which makes the bug highly resistant to a last-resort class of antibiotics, experts have said.
The gene, found in a sample of E. coli bacteria from a patient in New York, follows the discovery late last month of a patient in Pennsylvania who had a urinary tract infection caused by E. coli that carried the same gene.
Finding - Monday - Antimicrobial - Agents - Chemotherapy
The finding was published on Monday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
The mcr-1 gene makes bacteria resistant to colistin, an antibiotic used to treat multi-drug-resistant infections, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, which US health officials have dubbed a 'nightmare' bacteria.
Gene - Discoveries - United - States - Bacteria
What is concerning about the mcr-1 gene discoveries in the United States is that bacteria have the capability to share resistance genes.
US officials are worried that the mcr-1 gene may find its way into CRE bacteria, potentially creating bacteria resistant to virtually all types of antibiotics.
Scientists - Gene - Movement - Globe - Year
Scientists have been tracking the mcr-1 gene's movement around the globe since it was discovered last year in people and pigs in China.
The latest US finding of mcr-1 came as part...
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