Phage Alerts

Alerts are sent when phages are needed to help treat urgent infections. If you are able and willing to provide phages, please help us by joining the alerts service.

If you need phages, please email us at hello@phage.directory or tweet us @phagedirectory

We send Phage Alerts to the community when doctors require phages to treat their patient’s infections. If you need phages, please email us.

Urgent September 11, 2020

Urgent need for Acinetobacter baumannii phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Acinetobacter baumannii phages for a patient in Switzerland.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By receiving the strain and using it to search for new phages against the organism
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent August 21, 2020

Urgent need for Chryseobacterium indologenes phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Chryseobacterium indologenes phages for a patient in Europe.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent July 16, 2020

Urgent need for Propionibacterium acnes phages for a patient with osteomyelitis

Phage Therapy Osteomyelitis

We are urgently seeking Propionibacterium acnes phages for a patient in Europe.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By providing information on best practices for cultivating P. acnes and its phages
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent July 3, 2020

Urgent need for Staphylococcus epidermidis phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Staphylococcus epidermidis phages for a patient in the USA.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent June 19, 2020

Urgent need for Citrobacter freundii phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Citrobacter freundii phages (and phage manufacturing capacity) for a patient in the USA.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By preparing clinical-grade phage preparations for this patient (one phage already identified, need manufacturing partner)
  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent June 18, 2020

Urgent need for Burkholderia cepacia phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Burkholderia cepacia phages for a patient in the USA.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent April 23, 2020

Urgent need for Escherichia coli phages for a patient

Phage Therapy Sepsis ESBL E. coli

We are urgently seeking Escherichia coli phages for a patient suffering from recurrent ESBL E. coli sepsis in Finland.​

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By receiving the strain and using it to search for new phages against the organism
  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By connecting us with labs or companies you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent January 29, 2020

Seeking Achromobacter xylosoxidans phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are seeking Achromobacter xylosoxidans phages for a patient.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By receiving the strain and using it to search for new phages against the organism
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent January 29, 2020

Seeking Streptococcus anginosus phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are seeking Streptococcus anginosus phages for a patient.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By receiving the strain and using it to search for new phages against the organism
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent September 5, 2019

Urgent need for Mycobacterium avium phages for a patient with bronchiectasis and a pan-resistant M. avium lung infection

Phage Therapy Bronchiectasis Lung Infection

We are urgently seeking Mycobacterium avium phages for a patient with bronchiectasis and a pan-resistant M. avium lung infection in Sydney, Australia.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By receiving the strain and using it to search for new phages against the organism
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent August 23, 2019

Urgent need for Pandoraea pulmonicola phages for a patient with cystic fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Pandoraea pulmonicola phages for a cystic fibrosis patient in the USA.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By receiving the strain and using it to search for new phages against the organism
  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory or ipath@ucsd.edu if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

This effort is coordinated in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH).

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

**Thanks so much to Benjamin Chan, the Center for Phage Technology, Ronen Hazan, Ran Nir-Paz and others for offering to help find phages against this pathogen!

Urgent July 18, 2019

Urgent need for Burkholderia cenocepacia phages for a patient with cystic fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Phage Therapy Lung Transplant

We are urgently seeking Burkholderia cenocepacia phages for a cystic fibrosis patient in the USA.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory and ipath@ucsd.edu if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

This effort is coordinated in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH).

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent July 10, 2019

Urgent need for Enterococcus faecium phages for a critically-ill patient

Phage Therapy Vancomycin-resistant E. faecium

We are urgently seeking Enterococcus faecium phages for a critically-ill patient in Germany.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By receiving the strain and testing your phages
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory and ipath@ucsd.edu if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

This effort is coordinated in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH).

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent February 10, 2019

Urgent need for Mycoplasma phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Mycoplasma genitalium phages for a patient.

Since phages against this pathogen are rarely studied, ANY help or advice on how to work with/isolate Mycoplasma phages is appreciated, even if you don’t have phages or the time to participate in a phage hunt or in phage preparation.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By testing your phages on the patient’s strain
  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain
  • By attempting to isolate new Mycoplasma phages on the patient’s strain
  • By offering advice on how to work with/isolate Mycoplasma phages
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

Urgent February 6, 2019

Urgent need for Burkholderia phages for a patient

Phage Therapy

We are urgently seeking Burkholderia phages for a patient.

Ways to help at this stage:

  • By sending your phages for testing on the patient’s strain (contact us for shipping instructions)
  • By helping spread the word about this request
  • By providing us with names/email addresses of labs you think we should contact

Please email staff@phage.directory if you can help in any way, or if you would like further details/clarification.

Let’s make a difference,
Phage Directory

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We send Phage Alerts to the community when doctors require phages to treat their patient’s infections. If you need phages, please email us.

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