antibiotic

MRSA variant resistant to last line of antibiotic defense

Monday, June 04, 2012 by: D Holt
Tags: MRSA, antibiotics, resistance

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Delicious
(NaturalNews) MRSA strain CC5 has emerged as one of the first bacteria to be resistant to all antibiotics, meaning that this hospital acquired infection is now potentially the most dangerous threat to hospital patients.

In the findings of a new study, published by the American Society for Microbiology, it was found that the new resistant MRSA was resistant to vancomycin, the last line of defense for hospital acquired infections. Researchers have found that there have only been twelve confirmed infections of the "super bug" CC5, however if it was to spread in a hospital environment, the consequences could be severe.

MRSA is the leading cause of hospital acquired infections. Vancomycin has been used to treat the more resistant infections as the bacteria has become resistant to other bactericidal drugs. However, the use of vancomycin has resulted in the resistant strain CC5, also known as VRSA. Vancomycin-resistant S. aureus differs to other strains of MRSA in that it is more adept at picking up resistance to antibacterial drugs.

CC5 differs in its approach to surviving the barrage of antibiotics present in hospitals. Whereas MRSA contains an antibiotic protein, VRSA does not, it can co-exist in mixed infections. In place of these bactericidal genes there is a cluster of genes that encode enterotoxins, proteins that attack the host and make conditions more favorable for mixed infections. In addition, CC5 has a mutation in a gene that gives it the ability to assimilate foreign DNA. The resulting conditions increase the possibility of the cross transfer of genes from other bacteria that have resistance to vancomycin. These genes are unique to the CC5 lineage of MRSA.

Researcher Jim Sliwa said "Mixed infections are breeding grounds for antibiotic resistance because they encourage the exchange of genes among very different kinds of organisms. In hospitals, pathogens are under continuous pressure from antibiotics to survive and evolve, and CC5 isolates appear to be very well adapted to succeed by acquiring new resistances. Frequent use of antibiotics in hospital patients could select for strains like CC5 that have an enhanced ability to co-exist with bacteria that provide genes for antibiotic resistance."

A problem caused by modern medicine's over-reliance on antibiotics

The over-use of antibiotics over the years has lead to increases in the number to resistant strains of bacteria. It seems to be the case that the more drugs we throw at these bacteria, the more inventive they become in finding ways to survive. The collective changes in a bacterial organism so that it can co-exist with other bacteria, create an environment that allows it to mix with other bacteria and exchange DNA with them to ensure survival, shows a rapid rate of evolution.

It is clear that a new approach is needed as the current practices are in the process of making bacteria more dangerous. The use of Copper surfaces, on which bacteria can not survive, has been proven to lower infection rates. The use of Silver in solution or in dressings reduces healing times and infection. Cleaner hospitals and effective hand washing by doctors, patients and visitors have also been shown to reduce infection rates.

These measures would reduce the number of infections that required antibiotics, slowing the evolution of the bacteria and allow us time to eradicate these bacteria from our hospitals.

Information related to this article can be found at the following websites:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://mbioblog.asm.org
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1196208/

About the author:
D Holt has written over 200 articles in the field of alternative health and is currently involved in research in the UK into the mechanisms involved in healing due to meditation, hypnosis and spiritual healers and techniques. Previous work has included investigations into effects of meditation on addiction, the effects of sulfites on the digestive system and the use of tartrazine and other additives in the restaurant industry. new blog is now available at http://tinyurl.com/sacredmeditation or follow on twitter @sacredmeditate

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.