A sinking feeling: misleading headline but interesting paper on tracking spread of microbes in sinks

There is an interesting new paper out of interest.  I found out about this through Twitter Study reports multidrug resistant #bacteria found in #hospital sinks – New research in @ASMicrobiology‘s #AEM https://t.co/0i7GKoPmUE pic.twitter.com/ZM9gAavL2t — ASM Newsroom (@ASMnewsroom) February 24, 2017   Now this caught my attention because it seemed to be about, well, multidrug resistant …

Investigating the antibiotic resistome of rural and peri-urban Latin America

For many years, efforts to profile the antibiotic resistome of the human gut focused exclusively on two extremes of human society: Western, industrialized cities and remote hunter-gatherers. While these studies were undoubtedly important, they overlooked the majority of the world’s population, which exists somewhere between the two extremes. Indeed, three-quarters of the world’s population lives …

Ants as (Possible) Vectors of Bacteria in Hospital Environments

Not really sure what to think about this article:  Ants as Vectors of Bacteria in Hospital Environments. Published in the Journal of Microbiology Research and authored by Bruna Rafaela Machado Oliveira, Luciano Ferreira de Sousa, Raquel Chalá Soares, Thiago César Nascimento, Marcelo Silva Madureira, Jorge Luiz Fortuna. In a quick scan the science seems reasonable. …

Worth a look: Special issue of @NYASAnnals on “Antimicrobial Therapeutics Reviews” 

  There is a whole issue of the Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences that may be of interest.  The focus of the issue is on Antimicrobial Therapeutics Reviews. Some of the papers are freely available.  These are Resistance diagnosis and the changing epidemiology of antibiotic resistance(pages 5–17) by David McAdams Resistance diagnosis and the changing …

Worth a read: Post by @SharonJPeacock & Claire Chewapreecha on tracking pathogen/biothreat behind #melioidosis

Quick post here.  Nice short post in the On Health Blog at Biomed Central on studies of the population genomics of Burkholderia. Melioidosis is a frequently fatal infectious disease caused by a bacterium (Burkholderia pseudomallei) found in soil in certain parts of the world. We have known about melioidosis for many years, but it’s only …

Important story by @HelenBranswell in @statnews: Why the advice to take all your antibiotics may be wrong

Quick post. This is a very important read by Helen Branswell in STAT for those interested in antibiotic resistance. Patients are told to finish their antibiotics, even if they feel better, but that guidance may be exacerbating antibiotic resistance, some experts say. Source: Why the advice to take all your antibiotics may be wrong  

From genomes to phenotypes: Traitar, the microbial trait analyzer

There is an increasing number of studies with a large number genomes recovered from isolate, metagenome, or single cell sequencing. To bridge the gap between the available genome sequences and available phenotype information, we have developed Traitar, a bioinformatics software to phenotype bacteria based on their genome sequence (see workflow below) . Traitar includes phenotype models for …

A must read from Reuters on the closed access world of superbug infections #terrifying

Vague rules give healthcare providers leeway in deciding when, or even whether, to report clusters of infections. And when they do, the public rarely knows. This is a really really big deal. We desperately need to be more open about antibiotic resistant bugs and any outbreaks of them.  Kudos to Reuters and Deborah J. Nelson, David Rohde, …

Rapid biophotonic detection of Legionella?

Quick post here (h/t to Paula Olsiewski for the link) about a cool-sounding new device for the rapid detection of Legionella.   I can’t say that I’m on board with the fanciful claims made in the press release (e.g. “The risk of catching fatal Legionnaires’ disease from air conditioning units has been dramatically reduced“) but the …