Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria was destroyed by using Virus

Virus from a pond was used to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a report published on March 12, 2018.

This virus from a pond was used by doctors to save a heart patient when chest infection was not cured by antibiotics. The results of this treatment suggests that this can be an effective treatment when compared to other antibiotic-resistant infections. The old patient, few weeks after a heart surgery, suffered from a bacterial infection in his heart. Doctors gave antibiotics but they were found to be ineffective. Then, a different approach was used by the doctors by using a virus that is capable of infecting the bacteria. This virus was collected from a pond in Niantic, Connecticut. The phages were able to eradicate infection in the patient’s heart.

The results of the study were announced and published in the journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health by the scientists. The scientists also said that more studies on this has to be conducted. Ben Chan, the research scientist said, “Antibiotic resistance is becoming a more serious problem now, so phages are a good alternative.” According to the scientists, overprescribing of antibiotics to farm animals is one of the major reasons for antibiotic resistance.

Paul Turner, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University said, “The bacteria are backed into an evolutionary corner.” The Food and Drug Administration had approved the usage of these phages known as OMKO1. Tests conducted later showed that the patient was free from the infection and found no signs of recurrence.

 

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