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E coli superbug just one gene away from becoming untreatable: Study

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 3:03pm IST | Place: Melbourne | Agency: ANI

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Researchers have suggested that a superbug that causes bladder and blood infections could evolve and become untreatable.

Queensland researchers have discovered an E coli strain was just one gene away from becoming resistant to almost all drugs.

The bacteria had evolved and spread rapidly worldwide over the past five years.

Study co-author Dr Nouri Ben Zakour said the spread of the multi-drug resistant ST131 strain may lead to a spike in urinary tract and blood infections.

The study has been published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 

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