World Health Organization publishes list of 12 bacteria families for which antibiotics are desperately needed

World Health Organization publishes list of 12 bacteria families for which antibiotics are desperately needed

For the first time ever, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of 12 families of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest risk to human health. This list of priority pathogens was created as a guide to promote research and development of new antibiotics to combat growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/bacteria-antibiotics-needed/en/

Potential new antibiotic shows promise

Scientists from the University of Plymouth and the University of Manchester have researched the performance of epidermicin, the first in a new class of antibiotics, against an established treatment called mupirocin to gauge its effectiveness in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A single dose of epidermicin as effective as mupirocin administered twice daily for three days to eradicate MRSA from the nostrils of cotton rats. With antibiotic resistance being identified as a threat to global human health, this is welcome news.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uop-esf021317.php