Tagged: antibiotic resistance

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 01, 2014

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action. This is the message to come out of a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), their first look at antibiotic resistance around the world. The report finds that antibiotic resistant superbugs are present in every region of the world … Read More

NZ’s first ‘superbug’ victim? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 19, 2013

One of the big news stories today was about the death of Brian Pool, who according to Stuff’s Michelle Duff is “believed to be New Zealand’s first victim of an aggressive superbug, caught while he was overseas, that is resistant to every type of antibiotic.” One of the doctors who treated him, clinical microbiologist … Read More

Antibiotic myths - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 10, 2012

Dr Michael Addidle, a clinical microbiologist with Pathlab in Tauranga, has written a very nice article* in the Clinical Microbiology Journal, debunking some of the urban myths around antibiotic resistance. Alas the article is behind a pay wall so I thought I would summarise a few of the myths here. Myth 1: Antibiotics were invented in the 1930s Nope. We … Read More

The return of sanatoria? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 07, 2012

In the pre-antibiotic era, the gold standard treatment for the lung disease tuberculosis (TB) was plenty of rest and fresh air. Facilities to house TB patients, known as sanatoria, sprang up in Europe and North America in the late 19th century, usually up mountains or in isolated forests. Although no controlled studies have established the effectiveness of any … Read More

What makes a bug super? Part II - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 07, 2011

In a recent post about the ‘superbug’ Staphylococcus aureus, I mentioned reading an article in the weekend Herald about a guy who had suffered badly from a series of major infections, including an ESBL superbug bacterium So what is this ESBL superbug? ESBL stands for Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases, a group of enzymes that are able to  deactivate … Read More