Genetic sleuthing reveals rapid evolution of MDR Klebsiella outbreak

Scientists were able to determine that the strain that had sickened the patient had been in circulation in the hospital for at least a year prior to the patient's death, spreading between patients and throughout the wards of the hospital. It even traveled among the three campuses of the hospital, which were miles apart. The analysis also found that the isolates of the highly drug-resistant outbreak strain were carrying multiple antibiotic resistance genes and plasmids.

Superbugs flourish as a quarter of health facilities lack basic water services worldwide

In the first comprehensive review of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services (WASH) in healthcare centers, Unicef and the World Health Organization (WHO) found that roughly two billion people use health facilities lacking basic water services globally – while almost 900 million people use health centers with no water services at all.

Chinese scientists develop novel instrument for rapid profiling of antimicrobial resistance

Scientists from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) have introduced a prototype instrument that can directly measure antimicrobial resistant phenotypes at single-cell resolution from clinical samples within three hours, without the need for cell propagation.