I was in error four days ago (“A looming antibiotic Apocalypse”) when I wrote that bacteria seek to exchange packets of genes “with alacrity”. In fact, they’re very slow. Recent research by Dr Rene Nichus, a DPhil student in the Department of Zoology at Oxford has shown that the reason why antibiotic resistance can travel so quickly from one part of the world to another is migration. Bacteria are fast movers and different types are constantly intermingling with one another.
Thus, by one means or another, resistance to the last remaining effective antibiotic by even just one bacterium in China or elsewhere is a danger to patients and hospirals everywhere. Unless a completely new family of antibiotics is discovered soon then many millions of deaths are inevitable in the near future.