Antibiotic resistance

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MRSA and swine: collision course

Both Mike and Revere have new posts up documenting swine as a new threat to human health (beyond the pork chops and bacon), via carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in these animals. Several papers have been published recently documenting high rates of MRSA carriage in swine in the Netherlands, and also have documented transmission of…

Pediatric Grand Rounds 2.11

Welcome to this month’s edition of Pediatric Grand Rounds! Sit back with a cup of mulled cider and enjoy the best of the past month:

A perfect winter storm developing?

A few news stories hit my inbox all at once yesterday–and the combination of them doesn’t bode well for childrens’ health; more after the jump.

Busy day here, but I do have a brief post up on MRSA over at Correlations if you’re looking for some reading material. [Edited to add: Mike has a lot more new MRSA stuff here; well worth reading!]

A good excuse not to wear neckties

…They make be spreading disease. British hospitals are working on keeping that in check by implementing a new dress code:

Clostridium Marys

Clostridium difficile is an emergent bacterium. A close relative of the bacteria that cause tetanus and botulilsm (Clostridium tetani and Clostridium botulinum, respectively), C. difficile is an intestinal bacterium that can cause colitis. C. difficile has until recently been a fairly rare cause of disease, and then only typically within a hospital setting. However, the…

XDR-TB has been in the news quite a bit lately, largely thanks to Andrew Speaker’s notoriety. Even though his TB was later re-classified as “just” multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) instead of the initial extremely drug resistant (XDR) type, it did serve to raise awareness about the issues public health authorities face when dealing with something like…

Just popping in quickly after I saw Klearchos’ comment on the updated tuberculosis post. He notes on his website that the CDC has released additional travel information about the XDR-TB infected patient, including shorter flights made within Europe in addition to the intercontinental flights. However, Klearchos notes: …there is a big “hole” in the information…

I blogged earlier about the Georgia man who globe-trotted while infected with XDR-TB. I wrote that post late Tuesday evening, and since then, a number of other details about his case have come to light–and they’re not encouraging. In fact, this serves as a nice example of a convergence of a number of areas I’ve…

Microbes on a plane

I blogged back in March about World TB day, the theme of which was “TB anywhere is TB everywhere.” We know that someone can simply hop on a plane halfway across the world, and be practically anywhere else on the globe in the span of about a day–and their bacteria and viruses are just along…