Scientists have found a strain of bacteria on a US pig farm that can resist both carbapenems - the strongest antibiotic group used only in cases where conventional antibiotics no longer work.
According to Engadget, there was a similar incident with previous cattle in 2016, but the bacteria at the time could not transmit resistance to their children. However, this time was not so lucky when the hereditary to the following bacterial generations did not encounter too many difficulties.
This new bacterium can resist both carbapenems - the strongest antibiotic group.
Fortunately, scientists found no evidence that bacteria can reside in pigs or in their food chains. And while the bacteria will be a real threat to people with weakened immune systems, they do not endanger normal people.
However, this information has not brought peace of mind in the long run, and scientists are looking for ways to prevent this infection in the future. They are also worried about the origin of this drug-resistant bacterium. They are unlike bacteria that grow on farms due to lack of antibiotics, so they are likely to come from outside.
Many studies are beginning to develop more sophisticated antibiotics and treatments to avoid complete antibiotic resistance. However, this finding reinforces the need for short-term steps to prevent this stubborn bacterial strain from spreading, such as creating a better preventive process and technology.
Ideally, the medical community will need more time to find a correct answer to the virus before the best options are ready to prove effective.