Category Archives: Emerging pathogens

The WHO has posted a “Most Wanted” list for the microbial world

Antibiotic resistance continues to march on…. We have known that we are losing the ability to stop bacterial infections for a while now.  Back in 2013, the CDC posted their list of the most dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria  in an … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotic resistance, Emerging pathogens, microbiology | Comments Off on The WHO has posted a “Most Wanted” list for the microbial world

Watch antibiotic resistance evolve before your eyes!

Thanks to MCRO student Jack Iasiello for sending me a link to a fascinating video of how E. coli can quickly evolve antibiotic resistance. Harvard University and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology set up a 2 foot by 4 foot “petri … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotic resistance, Emerging pathogens, microbiology | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Watch antibiotic resistance evolve before your eyes!

Is there still viable (living) bacteria on a frozen chicken?

Can bacteria survive the freezer? Bacteria will freeze along with the food they are on when they are stuck into a freezer. The pathogenic bacteria on foods that cause human disease  are primarily mesophiles or organisms that grow best at around 37 degrees Celsius.  In a … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotic resistance, Emerging pathogens, Epidemics and Epidemiology, microbiology | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Is there still viable (living) bacteria on a frozen chicken?

How to create an army of “Superbugs”

In a very good article, USA TODAY describes how hospitals across the US are fighting a “Superbug” war. What is a superbug? It is a bacterium that has gained the ability to be resistant to almost all available antibiotics. The … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotic resistance, Emerging pathogens, microbiology | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on How to create an army of “Superbugs”

Super-gonorrhea is here.

I have discussed a number of bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics: KPC Klebsiella, and ANY bacteria containing the NDM-1 superplasmid. We also have known about increasing antibiotic resistance in the STD bacteria, Neisseria gonorrheae. Historically (meaning since the … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotic resistance, Emerging pathogens, Epidemics and Epidemiology, microbiology | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Super-gonorrhea is here.

Just a reminder, it is going to be a good year for ticks.

The New York Times reported that while there probably aren’t more ticks, they are appearing one to two months earlier than usual. Because of increased tick activity, New York is already reporting more incidence of Lyme disease than last year at this … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging pathogens, Epidemics and Epidemiology, microbiology | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Just a reminder, it is going to be a good year for ticks.

Don’t Eat Road Kill

Don’t eat road kill. Now, for the majority of you out there, this shouldn’t be breaking news. However, to a Minnesota town, this may be important to discuss. This actually occurred back in 2010 but the article is from MSNBC.com yesterday. The … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging pathogens, microbiology | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Don’t Eat Road Kill

Quick Post on Totally Drug-Resistant TB

I saw and discussed TDR-TB in a previous post, but wanted to point out the major take home message from the Indian Express news article describing it: An audit of the patients’ prescriptions showed that 3 of the 1st 4 … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotic resistance, Emerging pathogens, Epidemics and Epidemiology, microbiology | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Quick Post on Totally Drug-Resistant TB

Avian flu transmission…not a problem…yet.

In class the other day, we were discussing how viruses are obligate intracellular pathogens. This means that in order to be able to replicate, the virus HAS to express a viral spike that interacts with a cell’s surface receptor. This binding … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging pathogens, Epidemics and Epidemiology, microbiology | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Avian flu transmission…not a problem…yet.

Update on viral cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sadly, another study has been published where the resulting data did not support XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia virus–related virus) as a cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This study did all the controls the other conflicting studies had not: used … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging pathogens, microbiology | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Update on viral cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome