Long antibiotic treatments: Slowly growing bacteria to blame

14 agosto 2014

Whether pneumonia or sepsis, infectious diseases are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. One reason for this is the growing antibiotic resistance. But even non-resistant bacteria can survive antibiotics for some time, and that’s why treatments need to be continued for several days or weeks. Scientist have now shown that bacteria with vastly different antibiotic sensitivity coexist within the same tissue. They report that, in particular, slowly growing pathogens hamper treatment.