It’s much more serious than Zika, Polio, or even Ebola. A drug resistant super-bug would send healthcare back to the days when the flu was lethal and infections led to amputation.
A genetic mutation that gives bacteria resistance to our strongest antibiotics has been found in the US for the first time ever.
Thankfully, the superbug isn’t ready just yet. The bacteria that was identified was vulnerable to a weaker subset of antibiotics, but that’s where the good news ends.
All it takes is for this gene to be transmitted to a bacteria that is already drug resistant, and healthcare might lose it’s upper hand over infections.
The drug resistance that has scientists worried comes from a gene called mcr-1. Unfortunately, this gene is easily transmitted to other bacteria. All it takes is for this gene to be transmitted to a bacteria that is already drug resistant and healthcare might lose it’s upper hand over infections.
The mcr-1 gene was found in Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more.