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Drug-Resistant Stomach Bug Gains a Foothold in the U.S.

Filed in National Health News 8/17/15 at 10:48 am     1297     Scientific American

The kinds of bacteria that can cause diarrheal ailments such as food poisoning lurk all around us. These germs, which include Escherichia coli and Shigella, can be especially easy to pick up when traveling internationally, as well as in places, such as a children’s day care, that are hard to keep clean. In April the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an outbreak of Shigella sonnei that has become resistant to ciprofloxacin—one of the last remaining medications in pill form that can kill that pathogen. Since then, a Scientific American investigation shows the worrisome strain is still circulating in the U.S. a year after it first emerged.

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Notes and Image Credits:

Header Image: This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a number of rod-shaped, drug-resistant Shigella bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. Note that the exterior of the Shigella bacterium is fimbriated, covered by numerous thin, hair-like projections, imparting a furry appearance. (CDC)

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