New test identifies antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose drug-resistant bacterial infections using existing hospital equipment | OnMedica

N0013868 E coli cultures
Image source: Wellcome Images // CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Image shows petri dish cultures infected with phage-galactose bacteria.

In a presentation at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), taking place this week in Vienna, researchers described how they were able to test bacteria to quickly tell whether they were resistant to the antibiotic of last resort, colistin, and how easily they might pass this resistance on to other bacteria.

Knowing which patients have these most dangerous infections means it is possible to use quarantine measures to halt their spread, say the scientists.

Read the full overview here

The presentation abstract is available here

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