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Scary New Superbug Is Popping Up in More Places

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Scary New Superbug Is Popping Up in More Places

The “new superbug” MCR—actually a gene, carried by gut bacteria, that confers resistance to the absolutely last-ditch antibiotic colistin—has been in the United States for at least a year, according to a new report. The gene was first identified last year and caused a flurry of alarm when it was spotted for the first time in the U.S. in May, after being found in bacteria from people, animals and meat in more than 30 countries. That first U.S. identification came from a just-diagnosed woman in Pennsylvania. But in a letter posted Monday by the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, researchers...

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