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Experts say resistance, though not a huge concern, is on the rise among pets.
An E coli isolate resistant to both colistin and carbapenem antibiotics has been found in a US hospital patient.
The case involved Caribbean travel and possible foodborne infection; also, officials note no spread in the first US case.
Tonnage of fluoroquinolones, macrolides, and polymyxins for animals rose 14%, 13%, and 19%, respectively.
The findings are a sign the gene has spread widely in community and healthcare settings throughout the country.
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