A recent study has revealed that the gene which makes salmonella resistant to antibiotics has made its way to the United States. In the study, a group of researchers has isolated that gene in a patient who recently traveled to China before falling sick during the travel.
In case you didn’t know, the gene, mcr-3.1 makes certain infection untreatable with antibiotics. According to researchers, the last-resort antibiotic is a 50-year-old antibiotic which was eventually abandoned antibiotic as it has some severe side effects.
During the course of their research, the scientists at North Carolina State University found the gene which possibly made its way from chromosome to a plasmid in China.
According to the scientists, the gene has spread to 30 different countries as it can move among organisms.
However, Colistin’s usage, the antibiotic previously used to fight against other organisms which might contain the gene, was previously stopped in China which might have resulted in increased the spread. While the infections aren’t untreatable, increased occurring might result in improved resistance.