Investigation of bacteriophages in intensive care units

Phages are a special form of virus that may prove effective as a new weapon against bacterial infections, especially in places where antibiotics fail due to multidrug resistance. The solution is not that easy, however. Phages not only infect bacteria; they may also develop a synergistic relationship with them, enabling the bacteria to persist for longer periods. Against this critical background, researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna and the private Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences have now published the world’s first study on the coexistence of phages and bacteria in intensive care units (ICUs).

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