First multi-actor partnership tests chemical compounds for antibacterial activity
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global problem hindering treatment of bacterial infections, rendering many aspects of modern medicine less effective. AMR genes (ARGs) are frequently located on plasmids, which are self-replicating elements of DNA. They are often transmissible between bacteria, and some have spread globally. Novel strategies to combat AMR are needed, and plasmid curing and anti-plasmid approaches could reduce ARG prevalence, and sensitise bacteria to antibiotics.
Researchers at an Indian hospital have identified strains of hypervirulent, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae associated with extremely high mortality rates, according to a new study in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India.
The Indian government may be nearing a ban on the use of colistin for growth promotion in food-producing animals, according to media reports.
Monitoring and regulating irrigation water quality as well as developing affordable sanitation technologies is crucial, especially as the use of surface water and reclaimed wastewaters tends to become more and more common agricultural practice.