Are bacteria-feeding viruses known as phages the kryptonite antimicrobial resistance researchers have been searching for?   Maybe. Yale University microbiologist Benjamin Chan’s findings on the viruses show promise. In 2013, Chan created a cocktail of phages and antibiotics…

As demand for animal meat grows in India, so, too, does the prevalence of antimicrobial resistant superbugs in the food chain, reports a new study. Recently, researchers tested 55 farm-raised and 45 free-range chickens at 7 markets in Southern India. 11% of both chicken…

UN member states have called upon the Secretary General and the WHO to create an interagency group that would coordinate the UN’s response to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). But the UN has revealed little about who will be in charge and what form the group’s work will take…

Not only do some workers at industrial hog production facilities carry multidrug-resistant staph bacteria in their noses, they may also be developing skin infections from the bacteria, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. Of the 183 people…

New CDC guidelines released last week task health workers in outpatient settings with reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions to help fight the spread of drug-resistant infections. The guidelines ask facilities to commit to safer practices, implement new policies,…

In an effort to counter the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, scientists are searching for ways to predict how bacteria become impervious to antibiotics.  

Uzbekistan has some of the highest multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) rates in the world with resistance found in 23% of new and 62% of retreatment cases. Why?  

Pollution from antibiotics factories in China and India is fueling the global rise of drug-resistant infections, according to a new report by the environmental advocacy group Changing Markets.   The group’s investigators uncovered highly questionable practices by the…

California likely is experiencing an epidemic of hospital-acquired infections, but most cases go unreported. The CDC estimates the infections kill as many as 75,000 people in the US each year; and officials say 7,500 to 9,000 Californians likely are among those killed.   …

Ants deploy bacteria to ward off invading fungi and microbes—a discovery stirring interest in the quest for new antibiotics.   Certain ant species sport bacteria that produce powerful antibiotic and antifungal agents, worn in the form of sugary white patches on their bodies…