Doctors create super-antibiotic to battle infections

Posted: Updated:
WOODBURY -

Doctors say they have created a super-antibiotic that is supposed to battle infections already resistant to common medications.

One concern hovering over the medical community these days is what happens when bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics. In an age where antibiotic-resistant or so-called superbugs can infect vulnerable patients in hospitals and medical facilities, scientists from the Scripps Research Institute may have found a solution, and it's not entirely new.

Dr. Bettina Fries leads the infectious disease division at Stony Brook University Hospital. She says scientists have essentially recharged vancomycin, a drug more than 60 years old.

Scientists believe the new, modified version of the antibiotic may be able to combat superbugs in various ways.

The research still has a long way to go, as it has not yet been tested on animals or humans.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."