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First ‘pan-drug resistant’ bacteria found in U.S.
Modern Healthcare

Researchers have identified the first U.S. case of a pathogen that’s resistant to the antibiotic considered to be the last line of defense against so-called superbugs, raising fears that a “post-antibiotic” era will arrive sooner than expected. A 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman tested positive last month in her urine for a strain of E. coli bacteria containing a mutated gene known as MCR-1 that is resistant to colistin, the last-resort antibiotic used against multidrug-resistant pathogens.

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