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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Children

IVInfections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to a study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options. “Some infections in children that have typically been treated with oral antibiotics in the past may now require hospitalization, treatment with intravenous drugs or both, as there may not be an oral treatment option available,” said Dr. Latania K. Logan, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Rush University Medical Center.

This summary appears in the May 2014 issue of Acres U.S.A.

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