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Nightmare superbug: What is it? And should you worry?
Washington Post

The news Thursday that researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort has caused alarm among public health and infectious disease experts. The antibiotic-resistant strain was found in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. The E. coli bacteria contained a gene that makes it resistant to the antibiotic colistin, the drug used against particularly dangerous types of superbugs that can already withstand other antibiotics. Over the long term, experts are very worried that colistin resistance, which can spread easily to other bacteria, could lead to superbugs that could cause untreatable infections.