3 almost untreatable superbugs uncovered in Australia

Three strains of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis have been found

Melbourne researchers have uncovered the emergence of three “near untreatable” superbugs in Australian hospitals as well as around the world.

The three strains of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis have been revealed by researchers from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital..

They looked at S.epidermidis isolates, which lives on the skin, from 96 institutions in 24 countries around the world finding three genetically distinct multi-drug-resistant S. epidermis lineages.

They found the strains had mutated to be resistant to rifampicin and vancomycin,

The researchers said this challenged current assumptions that cross-protection was afforded by prescribing rifampicin and vancomycin for the treatment of