Wednesday, December 03, 2003

"[CDC] Microbiologists ... found that the bug likely acquired the vancomycin-resistance trait from another microbe common in hospital settings [Enterococcus faecalis], a dangerous alliance that health officials had long feared. The new S. aureus strain also resisted most common antibiotics, including penicillin, methicillin, and ciprofloxacin, and it possessed the genetic machinery to pass drug resistance on to drug-susceptible S. aureus strains." [Science]


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