Rise of the superbugs: Bacteria are outsmarting humans. Will they eventually kill us all?

(Natural News) It is getting hard to keep track of all the recalls and outbreaks associated with foodborne illness lately. In the last month, apples, vegetable products, meat, and fish have all been recalled for possible Listeria contamination. In the same time frame, a Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to ground beef has been making the rounds, and an E. coli outbreak has been linked with packaged salad...
Source: NaturalNews.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Related Links:

(Virginia Tech) With a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers will build a cyberinfrastructure system, known as CI-WARS, for monitoring wastewater treatment plants for possible antibiotic resistance outbreak over time.
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: news
Abstract For decades, Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Enteritidis have prevailed in several countries as agents of salmonellosis outbreaks. In Brazil, the largest exporter of poultry meat, relatively little attention has been paid to infrequent serovars. Here, we report the emergence and characterization of rare serovars isolated from food and related sources collected between 2014 and 2016 in Brazil. Twenty-two Salmonella enterica isolates were analyzed through the use of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) genotyping. These isolates were clas...
Source: Food Microbiology - Category: Food Science Authors: Tags: Food Microbiol Source Type: research
Abstract To study pathogenesis and toxicity of Staphylococcus aureus in foods, FORC_062 was isolated from a human blood sample and complete genome sequence has a type II SCCmec gene cluster and a type II toxin-antitoxin system, indicating an MRSA strain. Its mobile gene elements has many pathogenic genes involved in host infection, biofilm formation, and various enterotoxin and hemolysin genes. Clinical MRSA is often found in animal foods and ingestion of MRSA-contaminated foods causes human infection. Therefore, it is very important to understand the role of contaminated foods. To elucidate the interaction betwee...
Source: Food Microbiology - Category: Food Science Authors: Tags: Food Microbiol Source Type: research
Trump said he ‘played down’ threat because he ‘didn’t want to create panic’;France sees second highest one-day case total; Netherlands and Portugal see highest cases since April. Follow the latest updatesTrump knew Covid was deadly but wanted to ‘play it down’, Woodward book saysGlobal deaths pass 900,000Oxford vaccine trial pause - should we be worried?Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial participant undeterred by pauseSee all our coronavirus coverage4.45amBSTSheldon Chanel reports from Suva , with the Guardian ’s Pacific Editor,Ben Doherty:The emergence ofantimicrobial resistance ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news US news UK news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news
Antimicrobial resistance ‘biggest human health threat, bar none’, says Australian research director ahead of three-year study in FijiThe emergence ofantimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far greater risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”,an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji.“If you thought Covid was bad, you don’t want anti-microbial resistance,” Dr Paul De Barro, biosecurity research director at Aus...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology Fiji Pacific islands Asia Pacific Source Type: news
This study envisages the characterisation of isolated pathogen from two cholera outbreaks reported in 2018 and 2019 from Bargarh and Rayagada districts of Odisha respectively. Vibrio cholerae O1 were isolated following standard techniques. The different virulent and drug resistant genes were detected by multiplex PCR assays; whereas the ctxB genotypes were characterised through double mismatch amplification mutation (DMAMA) PCR assay. The ctxB genes were further sequenced and pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was done on some selected strains. The clinical and water isolates of Haitian variant (HCT) V.cholerae O1 Ogaw...
Source: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Jpn J Infect Dis Source Type: research
ConclusionOur results reveal the radiation of distinct lineages of MRSA ST228 from a German progenitor, as the clone spread into different European countries. In Switzerland, ST228 was introduced first in Geneva and was subsequently introduced into Lausanne.
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Abstract Restricting antibiotic use in food production animals is a target for reducing antimicrobial drug-resistant infections in humans. We used US surveillance data to estimate the probability of antibiotic-resistant nontyphoidal salmonellosis per meal made with beef during 2002-2010. Applying data for nontyphoidal Salmonella in raised-without-antibiotics cattle, we tested the effect of removing antibiotic use from all beef cattle production. We found an average of 1.2 (95% credible interval 0.6-4.2) antibiotic-resistant nontyphoidal salmonellosis cases per 1 million beef meals made with beef initially contamin...
Source: Emerging Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Emerg Infect Dis Source Type: research
The carriage of both, heavy metal and antibiotic resistance appears to be a common trait in bacterial communities native to long-term contaminated habitats, including the Savannah River Site (SRS). There is widespread soil contamination at the SRS; a United States Department of Energy (DOE) facility with long-term contamination from past industrial and nuclear weapons production activities. To further evaluate the genomic and metabolic traits that underpin metal and antibiotic resistance, a robust mercury (Hg) and uranium (U)-resistant strain- SRS-8-S-2018, was isolated. Minimum inhibitory concentration of this strain reve...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae are a major threat to global public health. Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) is the most commonly identified carbapenemase in the United States and is frequently found on mobile genetic elements including plasmids, which can be horizontally transmitted between bacteria of the same or different species. Here we describe the results of an epidemiological investigation of KPC-producing bacteria at two healthcare facilities. Using a combination of short-read and long-read whole-genome sequencing, we identified an identical 44 kilobase plasmid carrying the blaKPC–2 gene ...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
More News: Apples | Health | Infectious Diseases | Meat | Outbreaks | Superbugs | Vegetables