7 June 2021

World travellers often import multi-resistant gut bacteria

People who travel to distant destinations often take multi-resistant intestinal bacteria back home as a souvenir. These are bacteria that are not (any longer) sensitive to the usual antibiotics. This is shown by recent research by microbiologists from Maastricht University. The study also found that travelers returning from Southeast Asia are the most likely to import multidrug resistant bacteria, including bacterial species that have built up resistance to virtually any type of antibiotic. The results were published today in the scientific journal Genome Medicine.