Reports have been recently published of the first isolation and identification of the first colistin resistant bacteria in the US[i]. While we may be getting used to hearing of antibiotic resistance, this report indicates the last threshold on the pathway to complete antibiotic resistance being crossed.
Right now there is a lot of attention being given to a group of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). There have been two outbreaks reported by news outlets so far. FIrst, there was an outbreak at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center linked to procedures with a contaminated endoscope resulting in two deaths and possibly many more infections. More recently, there was an outbreak at the Carolinas HealthCare System where 18 people this year have been reported with CRE.