WINNIPEG- There may be a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic-resistant infections, thanks to some Manitoba scientists.
Researchers at St. Boniface Hospital and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg have developed a drug that prevents harmful bacteria from growing without affecting healthy cells.
The drug needs further testing, but researchers say it could fight a wide variety of bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics.
Dr Grant Pearce with the St. Boniface Hospital was heavily involved with the discovery.
“So the drug that we’ve created will not be wide-ranging in hitting all bacteria, but instead it just hits bad bacteria and it hits about 30. This includes bacteria that causes diseases like Cholera, Gastroenteritis, Diarrhea, Legionnaires Diseases, Gingivitis, Gonorrhea and more.”
A study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology suggests the drug is effective against the growth of chlamydia bacteria.