Patients harboring E. coli with highly resistant MCR-1 gene found In NYC hospital

Researchers have identified a cluster of four patients harboring Escherichia coli carrying a rare antibiotic resistance gene, mcr-1. That gene renders the microbe resistant to colistin, an antibiotic of last resort. Three of those patients showed no symptoms, raising the risk of spread.

A mysterious E. coli outbreak has infected 72 people and counting

Since March 2, 72 people have gotten sick, eight of whom have been hospitalized (though there could be more, since the CDC only has that data on 47 people). Nearly half of those infections are in Kentucky. Tennessee and Georgia are sharing some of the burden and a few cases have popped up in Ohio and Virginia.