Superbugs – Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Becoming a Global Threat

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May 10, 2012 Posted by:

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bacteriaResearchers are warning that Superbugs, antibiotic resistant bacteria, are becoming a global threat that might soon reach epidemic proportions.

For the past 70 years antibiotics have helped fight off bacterial diseases and are credited for helping people live longer, healthier lives. But the era of antibiotics may soon be over, as new antibiotic resistant Superbugs are learning to outmaneuver even the most potent antibiotic medications.

In an article from Bloomberg, a growing number of medical professionals are warning that an unstoppable epidemic of Superbugs might soon spread chaos throughout the world. The concern stems from a growing number of antibiotic resistant diseases that are making even fairly common conditions much harder to treat.

How Big is the Problem?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the problem is very serious. In fact, they warn that a new post-antibiotic era will make even small ailments a potential death sentence. At a medical meeting in march, WHO director General Margaret Chan warned that “Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.”

Are Hospitals a Breading Ground for these Bacteria?

In a recent study published by the American Journal of Infection Control, researchers found that most of these superbugs were capable of surviving on surfaces for prolonged periods of time. In fact, almost half of all the hospital rooms tested in the study were contaminated with the drug-resistant superbug Acinetobacter baumannii. In another study by the Archives of Internal Medicine it was estimated that some 48,000 people a year are infected and die after acquiring one of these superbugs at a hospital.

The problem is rapidly spreading outside of hospitals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is estimated to have killed more people than the AIDS Virus. MRSA Methicillin is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to a large number of antibiotics. MRSA was once only associated with medical procedures or prolonged hospital stays but is increasingly being found in other places including packaged meat in grocery stores.

Earlier this year researchers at the University of Iowa found High Levels of MRSA Bacteria in Retail Meat Products. In fact, nearly 7 percent of the packaged pork they studied contained MRSA.

In a 2010 study from the CDC a shocking amount of antibiotic resistant bacteria was found in grocery store meats. From half of all ground turkey, which carried  Antibiotic Resistant E. coli  to half of all packaged pork chops that were contaminated with multi-drug resistant salmonella, the study showed an alarming trend in how these bacteria’s are being spread.

NDM-1 – Germ-altering genes. A new Threat on the Horizon

A large area of concern is the rise of germ-altering genes like New Delhi metallo-beta- lactamase-1 (NDM-1). NDM-1 is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a large number of antibiotics. Scientists believe that the gene may have started in India, but in only a few short years has already spread throughout the world. NDM-1 has been documented in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Japan and least 40 other countries.

NDM-1 is quick mutating bacteria that has turned into antibiotic resistant killer. Researchers say that bacteria mutated with NDM-1 has as many as nine different ways to overcome even the world’s most powerful antibiotics.

The fight against drug resistant bacteria:

The prospects for turning this situation around are pretty bleak. Pharmaceutical companies have very little incentive to produce these medications and have largely abandoned antibiotic research.

The rampant overuse of antibiotic medications often renders these drugs ineffective before the pharmaceutical company can recoup their initial R&D investments. This has created an atmosphere were most pharmaceutical companies have all but abandoned antibiotic research in lieu of more profitable drugs like cholesterol lowering medications and antidepressants.

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  1. old soldier says:

    This might explain why , after being diagnosed with pneumonia a month ago, and having been on three different antibiotics, that some of the symptoms remain. I can’t seem to shake and maybe the “bug” is resistant to antibiotics.

    • Hunter says:

      Well my friend, you cannot always depend on modern medicine. If people really want to start stopping illnesses, you need to start eating healthy. And not that low cal, non fat shit, but stuff that doesnt contain and HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MONO SODIUM GLUTAMATE, ASPARTAME, OR ANYTHING that has been grown by MONSANTO; corn, soybean oil, basically anything that Monsanto has patented. Eat A LOT of GREENS, BEANS, AND FRUIT. exercise daily and you will find it very very hard to get sick and if you do get sick, your body will fight it off faster and easier. The best defense is a good offense.

  2. HS Diplomat says:

    these videos are 2 years old -_- this issue isn’t relevant now.

    • HS Diplomat…I you misspoke. If these videos are 2 years old then this is not “NEWS,” but why does the age of the story make it irrelevant? These things are still OUT THERE.

    • Phddippy says:

      Are you completely retarded or what? The article talks about these things growing meaning that they have been going on for years. Of course some of the videos are a year old the problem didn’t just start today and research doesn’t happen over night. Maybe you should click a couple of the links which are from this week and then tell me there is no issue.

      10 bucks this guy works for a drug company who helped make this a problem.

  3. tex says:

    My GP and surgeon both asked me how badly I wanted that little cyst on my back removed? As in are “Are You Nuts?” You go into a hospital for surgery ONLY as a last resort. Bad things happen to patients in hospitals.

    Meanwhile eat more Garlic, Cayenne, Ginger and drink more good dark beer than you ever did before. Oh yeah.. and pray!

  4. Dave says:

    Anyone notice that part of the problem is incompetent people in the hospital? If they are not sterilyzing EVERYTHING after EACH patients visit, then something is wrong. It may cost more, but quality generally does. We may have to start using Bio hazard level 3 or higher measures in hospitals to STOP them from being “social hangouts” for viri, bacteria, and their ilk. Read the book Andromeda Strain to see what can happen to even the best people. ( There were some good ideas in that book though.)

  5. Wayne says:

    I think the end of time is fast approaching. It is only a matter of time before man is wiped out by what man has created, ie…super bugs, viruses etc. We can only pray for the best and prepare for the worse.

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