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You have to get rid of that parenthesis at the end of the first URL to get into the website. Sorry, here it is right. http://www.cysonline.org/article.asp?issn=2229-5186;year=2012;volume=3;issue=1;spage=53;epage=56;aulast=Das Title Antibiotic coresistance among extended-spectrum beta lactamase-producing urinary isolates in a tertiary medical center: A prospective study
It might be what is called antibiotic coresistance in terms of ESBLs (http://www.cysonline.org/article.asp?issn=2229-5186;year=2012;volume=3;issue=1;spage=53;epage=56;aulast=Das) or double disc synergy as described in this article that unfortunately costs 31.50 U.S. dollars without library access. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377123712000123. Therapeutic challenges of ESBLS and AmpC beta-lactamase producers in a tertiary care center. You would have to repeat the experiment and possibly adjust the distance between the discs as described in the first article to start hypothesizing about what is going on.
Sorry but, there is absolutely no evidence or data or explanation at this source that indicates "that the marine actinomycetes collected from the sediments of Caspian Sea might be a potent source of novel antibiotics." This looks like an improperly-labeled disc sensitivity plate test from a Microbiology 101 lab. I wonder if the author or editors care to comment on what I might be missing.
In this "source" (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=7545&tid=3622&cid=164869). The statement “The only therapy for Lyme Disease right now are antibiotics like penicillin” is incorrect, or at least needs clarification. Doxycycline is frequently used in treatment of Lyme disease, as well as for prophylaxis against Lyme after the bite of a deer tick in humans and dogs. CDC states "Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. Patients with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with drugs such as ceftriaxone or penicillin." (http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/Treatment/)
"The backstory: The man was three weeks into a road trip and could have passed this fast-acting, apparently lethal bug on to any number of people." Exactly how do you suppose that the anthrax bacteria would be transmitted to any number of people? Quit scaring folks. "There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission of anthrax. Quarantine of affected individuals is not recommended." http://textbookofbacteriology.net/Anthrax_5.html
I do not minimize the importance of hand washing. However, I think, by inference, this means that common (public) use computer keyboards and telephones might be close to 100 percent.....as well as the hands of hand-shaking, baby-holding politicians, and high-fiving athletes. I get it that (at least, in water microbiology) where E. coli is found, so might be Salmonella, Campylobacter, norvirus, etc. but what's happened to the concepts of infectious dose and the hygiene hypothesis?
The original article, Suzuki  M,  Yamada K, Nagao M, Aoki E, Matsumoto M, Hirayama T, et al. Antimicrobial ointments and methicillin-­resistant Staphylococcus aureus USA300. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Oct; [Epub ahead of print] DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1710.101365 makes no mention of flesh-eating bacteria or necrotizing fasciitis. The sensational title was apparently a remake by MSNBC, or conceived by author J. Brownstein (My Health News Daily). cited here as the "source". Although MRSA is associated with necrotizing fasciitis, and antibiotic resistance may well-contribute to its incidence, the term "flesh-eating bacteria" implying necrotizing fasciitis, refers more specifically to Group A Streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes). Also, all references beg the point, when should you use (or not use) triple antibiotic on a wound?
The current selected Source (ScienceDaily) is much more appropriate for MicrobeWorld News. To put this remark and my added comment in proper context, on Saturday, Aug 20, MicrobeWorld released this submission pointing to the Miami Herald as its Source. http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/19/2367221/study-finds-bacteria-from-dog.html
Regarding Garth Hogan's submission, "Study finds bacteria from dog feces in winter sky above Detroit", the article I am referred to with the same title is published in the Miami Herald posted online Aug 19, 2011. The Herald in turn cites publication in "Applied and Environmental Biology", which does not exist. The actual study, as found in AEM, is entitled "Sources of bacteria in outdoor air across cities in the midwestern United States" and it is published online ahead of print on July 29, 2011 (Appl. Environon. Microbiol. doi:10.1128/AEM.05498-11). The Herald states that Detroit samples were taken at 12 feet above ground, a long way from the "winter sky above Detroit", although the authors state that Detroit samples were taken at ~1.5 meters (about 5 feet), an even longer stretch to the winter sky.
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