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Natural clay to kill super-bugs

Overuse of antibiotics has led to a plague of antibiotic resistance that threatens to reduce the efficacy of antimicrobial agents available for the treatment of infections due to resistant organisms. The main threat is nosocomial infections in which certain pathogens, notably the ESKAPE organisms, are essentially untreatable and contribute to increasing mortality and morbidity in surgical wards. The pipeline of novel antimicrobials in the pharmaceutical industry is essentially empty. Thus, there is a great need to seek for new sources for the treatment of recalcitrant infectious disease. The efficacy of a “natural” medicine, Kisameet Clay found in glacial deposits in Kisameet Bay, Canada, against all of the ESKAPE strains has been demontrated in laboratory experiements. This is worthy of clinical investigation for the treatment of infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms.
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Human Development
Award Year:
2017
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Natural clay to kill super-bugs

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