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Researchers Find Rising Incidence of Patients Admitted With Infections Resistant To Common Antibiotics

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The emergence of community-acquired infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTI), due to strains resistant to common antibiotics are on the rise, according to Rhode Island Hospital researchers. The study is published online in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

“Over the last several years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of bacteria -- many of which are forms of E. coli -- that are resistant to commonly administered antibiotics,” said Leonard Mermel, DO, medical director of the department of epidemiology and infection control at Rhode Island Hospital. “However, we also found that many of these bacteria causing urinary tract infections were susceptible to an older, inexpensive antibiotic, nitrofurantoin.”

Urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.1 million visits to healthcare providers each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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