Category Archives: E. coli

Prospective Bacterial Genomic Surveillance

One of the things the evul federal gummint is gearing up to every food borne bacterial disease isolate that is sent to either the CDC or public health labs in what is known as the GenomeTrakr Network (I’ve heard this … Continue reading

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Bacterial Whole Genome Sequencing And The Clinic: The Future Is Almost Here

I heard this talk almost a year ago*, so I’m glad this paper is finally out (I’ll translate into English below; boldface mine): The increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria is a serious global challenge. Here, we studied prospectively whether … Continue reading

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What’s More Fun Than Global Warming? Global Warming And Diarrhea!

There’s probably some vomiting involved as well (boldface mine): Background. Positive associations have been noted between temperature and diarrhea incidence, but considerable uncertainty surrounds quantitative estimates of this relationship because of pathogen-specific factors and a scarcity of data on the influence … Continue reading

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Colistin Resistance Is Now Linked to Carbapenem Resistance: We Failed

For those just tuning in, a little over a month ago, the microbiology and public health world was rocked by the discovery of plasmid-borne colistin resistance: First, some background: polymyxins, including polymyxin E also known as colistin, are the last … Continue reading

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Plasmid-Borne Colistin Resistance Has Jumped Species and Maybe Hemispheres

Friday, I described the discovery of the gene mcr-1, which is a transmissible colistin resistance gene found on a bacterial plasmid (a plasmid is a mini-chromosome that can move from bacterium to bacterium). This is really bad news, since colistin … Continue reading

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Last Line of Antimicrobial Defense Is Falling: Colistin Resistance Transmission

Actually, it’s sort of reached the rout stage. From China (don’t worry, I’ll translate from Science into English; boldface mine): Background: Until now, polymyxin resistance has involved chromosomal mutations but has never been reported via horizontal gene transfer. During a … Continue reading

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Don’t Eat Where You (or Your Cattle) Sh-t

And I mean that literally (boldface mine): On April 27, 2015, the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) in Bellingham, Washington, was notified by a local laboratory regarding three children with presumptive Escherichia coli O157 infection. WCHD interviewed the parents, who … Continue reading

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