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New approach can track how superbugs travel among and within healthcare facilities

from News-Medical

Killer bacteria — ones that have out-evolved our best antibiotics — may not go away anytime soon. But a new approach to tracking their spread could eventually give us a fighting chance to keep their death toll down. Using data from a 2008 outbreak of one of the most-feared "superbugs," and modern genetic sequencing techniques, a team has successfully modeled, and predicted, the way the organism spread between and within dozens of healthcare facilities. more


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