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Hospital pipes, full of DNA fragments, found to be a breeding ground of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a growing cause for concern, especially in cases where it happens in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. To better understand how these organisms spread in this kind of environment, researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) collected samples from various areas of the hospital to investigate, allowing them to identify where these organisms are found and how they spread in a hospital setting. The results, which were published in the American Society for Microbiology’s open access journal mBio, indicated that plasmids that provide resistance to carbapenem – a last-line-of-defense antibiotic used against multi-drug-resistant organisms – were found in the hospital’s plumbing.  Read more...

 

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