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March 09, 2018

Invisible and Present Danger

Since 2013, the CDC has classified carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), including Klebsiella pneumoniae, as one of the top urgent antibiotic resistant threats. It was recently announced that U.S. scientists identified heteroresistance to colistin within Klebsiella. This discovery is alarming for public health officials because Klebsiella is responsible for about 10% of hospital-acquired infections.

U.S. scientists have recently identified heteroresistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae (responsible for 10% of hospital-acquired infections) to Colistin, a last-resort antibiotic.

Do you think last-resort antibiotic resistance represents an existential threat to humans and should be addressed in the strongest possible terms?

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