18-Dec-14 11:15 AM  CST

New Report Warns of the Dangers of Superbugs

Earlier this year the World Health Organization (WHO) warned about the spread of superbugs or more accurately, antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aurous, MRSA kills approximately 23, 000 people a year in the United States, and is just one example of how antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria have gotten out of hand. WHO states that if this tread continues we could revert back to the days when a simple cut became deadly. WHO feels the problem is so dire it threatens the achievements of “modern medicine”.

Experts say the overuse of antibiotics is to blame. It is important to note antibiotic are only effective for bacterial infection and not for viral infections. Antibiotics will not work to ease the symptoms of a simple cold or the flu. Experts say physicians caving to patients’ demands for antibiotics is a large part of the problem.

Drug companies also aware of the pending dangers of antibiotic resistant strains of bacterial infections have been researching and developing new antibiotics to fight the strains of superbugs that are appearing. While this is a move in the right direction there is still a great of work yet to do. Many in the medical field compare the current situation with superbugs to the Ebola epidemic. If the current situation with antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria is not controlled then medical professionals feel we may be looking at an epidemic of much greater proportion.

A report from the British government states drug resistant bacterial infections could reach 10 million by the year 2050. In addition to increased number of drug resistant bacterial infection, the financial cost could be as high as $100 trillion. Dr. David Angus states that the problem is not just a hypothetical problem, but also one that is very real and should be dealt with sooner than later.

 

 

References:

CBSNEWS, (2014) “Superbugs could kill 10 million a year report warns”, http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/thora-brown-pharmd/2014/12/text-message-reminders-increase-medication-compliance, retrieved, 13.December 2014

Rayman, N., (2014) “Superbugs could kill 10 million by 2050, report warns”, http://time.com/3630463/drug-resistant-infections-antibiotics/, retrieved, 13.December 2014


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