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China: A Looming Antibiotic Resistance Problem

And you thought fixing the renminbi was bad. By way of Glyn Moody, we find that The Guardian has a very disturbing report about antibiotic resistance in China (italics mine): Chinese doctors routinely hand out multiple doses of antibiotics for simple maladies like the sore throats and the country’s farmers excessive dependence on the drugs…

The success of a European MRSA surveillance network shows just how stupid, foolish, and short-sighted the Obama Administration’s decision to cut CDC antimicrobial resistance surveillance is. But let’s turn this frown upside down campers, and look at the really cool website the European Staphylococcal Reference Laboratory Working Group set up.

Who coulda thunk it? There are two frustrating attitudes held by a fair number of antibiotic resistance/infectious disease specialists about MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). First, some argue that we really shouldn’t be focusing on MRSA, since it’s already evolved–the cat is out of the bag. Never mind that this particular cat kills more people…

Yesterday, four people emailed me, asking about Brian Palmer’s Slate article about antibiotic resistance. Since I’ll probably get more such emails (and thank you for sending them), I’ll offer my thoughts below: 1) Palmer’s basic point about antibiotic development not being the answer is right. All a new drug does is kick the can down…

The Economic Burden of Antibiotic Resistance

It’s between fifteen to twenty one cents of every dollar spent by hospitals. A recent study examined the costs of antibiotic resistant infections in hospitals. The main finding (italics mine): The total attributable hospital and societal cost ranges for ARI in the expanded sample were as follows: hospital, $3.4-$5.4 million; mortality, $7.0-$9.2 million; lost productivity,…

I’ve been looking at the House and Senate Bills, and, on antibiotic resistance, they’re not bad. Both bills would evaluate hospitals on hospital-acquired infection rates (although there’s no mention of nursing homes, which are a significant focus of infection). This is good.

One of the thing we need to pay attention to during TEH SWINEY FLOO! is the role of bacterial infections in flu-related mortality: a fair number of the deaths ultimately could result from a secondary bacterial infection by organisms like Staphylococcus (including MRSA), Streptococcus, and some of the Gram-negative organisms. Unfortunately, this is happening in…

In the midst of the concern about TEH SWINEY FLOO!, very few people (other than the Mad Biologist), have been discussing the double whammy of influenza followed by bacterial infections. A couple of years ago, I first started describing reports of KPCs: No, KPC isn’t a new fast food restaurant. It’s short for Klebsiella pneumoniae…

I’ve been meaning to get to a really interesting article titled “Killing niche competitors by remote-control bacteriophage induction.” So, let’s talk about your nose.

Unnecessary Bioterrorism Hysteria

A recent post about the looming specter of bioterrorism by William Lind due to ‘biohacking’ seems overblown to me. But before I get Lind, what I find particularly disturbing about hyping a non-existent bioterror threat is that it makes combating infectious disease–the stuff that kills millions worldwide–much harder due to unnecessary regulations and restrictions. Onto…