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Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in patients' blood in China

IANS  |  Beijing 

Researchers have discovered new species of antibiotic-resistant in the blood of two patients in China, according to a recent study.

The study showed that the patients were carrying unidentified species of Enterobacter huaxiensis and Enterobacter chuandaensis that did not respond to penicillin or the cephalosporin group of

Enterobacteriaceae exist in the gut and are usually harmless. However, they can cause if they enter the blood or if they get into the lungs, reported

The emergence of new species of antibiotic-resistant will make deadly harder to cure, with delays in treatment often leading to sepsis, according to scientists from in

Importantly, genetic analysis of the microorganisms revealed they were 'previously unknown', said the study published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary

In addition, the newly-discovered strains differed from other Enterobacteriaceae species by their ability to break down certain sugars and potassium salts.

The world is heading for a 'post-antibiotic' era if no action is taken, has warned.

Pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea and are among the growing number of that are becoming harder to treat.



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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 16:04 IST