Unleash the Phages

Researchers successfully applied bacteriophage therapy—which uses harmless phages, viruses that replicate within bacteria—to help a 68-year-old diabetic patient with necrotizing pancreatitis and a multidrug-resistant infection return to health.
 
Bacteriophage therapy holds promise as scientists look to combat other increasingly common MDR bacterial pathogens that have gained ground with the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and clinical medicine.
 
In this case, researchers at 2 labs identified 9 different bacteriophages that were administered via IV and in the patient’s abscesses. This cleared the MDR infection and led to the patient’s recovery.
 
Source: Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy

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