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First XDR typhoid is on the verge of being untreatable, spreading globally

3 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / A photomicrograph of Salmonella typhi bacteria using a Gram-stain technique.
A tenacious epidemic of extensively drug-resistant typhoid in Pakistan is just one small genetic step away from becoming untreatable-and health experts expect it to spread worldwide.
“It's a global concern at this point,” Dr. Eric Mintz, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told The New York Times. “Everything suggests this strain will survive well and spread easily-and acquiring resistance to azithromycin is only a matter of time.” Azithromycin is currently the only...
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