Antimicrobial resistant bacterial pathogens
Antimicrobial resistance has been highlighted by the world health organisation (WHO) and the centres for disease control (CDC, USA) as one of the major public health threats of our time. The Howden Laboratory, which is co-located with the state-wide public health and reference laboratory (MDU PHL) uses epidemiology and bacterial genomics to understand the characteristics and spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in hospitals and the community. Recent examples include the investigation of an outbreak of CTX-M 15 producing multi-drug resistant ST131 E. coli, locally acquired azithromycin-resistant Shigella flexneri infections, KPC producing K. pneumoniae, and drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
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