When crocs attack: Which antibiotic works best?

Wound infections are common after crocodile attacks — but which antibiotic to use?

Advice has been notably absent from Australian guidelines until now, but Queensland clinicians believe they have the answer.

A review of wound infections in 14 people attacked by crocodiles, by Cairns Hospital clinicians shows a highly diverse range of pathogens are responsible.

The bacteria isolated from wounds — such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus vulgaris — may have come from the crocodile’s oral flora, the