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Dangerous ‘superbugs’ on the rise, new CDC report says


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The writing is on the wall. The future is one of hazmat suits, freshly dug graves, and funeral pyres.

 

 

https://www.inquirer.com/health/superbugs-cdc-infections-antibiotic-resistance-20191113.html

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Six years after a federal government warning that lifesaving antibiotics were losing their punch, an update Wednesday revealed that the problem of antibiotic-resistant infections is getting worse.

Across the nation, more than 2.8 million people become infected with drug-resistant bacteria and fungi each year, and at least 35,900 die as a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. An additional 12,800 deaths annually were attributed to bacteria called Clostridium difficile. These infections typically are not resistant to antibiotics, but are associated with their overuse for other conditions.

 More than a half-million drug-resistant gonorrhea infections occur each year, double the number reported in 2013. Half of all such infections are resistant to at least one antibiotic. Gonorrhea infections can contribute to infertility in women, and raise the risk of HIV infections, especially in men. (Why did gonorrhea infections double in the last 6 years?-drvoke)

Bacteria become resistant to antibiotics because of improper and overuse. Hospitals have tackled the problem by prescribing fewer antibiotics, avoiding them in cases where there is no clear benefit. Better hospital hygiene protocols and vaccines also have helped.

Research to develop new drugs is needed, as no new class of antibiotics has been developed in decades, agency officials said. Instead, drugmakers have tweaked existing medicines.

CDC officials said patients can help by steering clear of antibiotics when not needed. 

Some pharmaceutical companies have stopped creating new drugs due to difficult to negotiate legislation and increasing lawsuits.

Bacteria can develop resistance even when antibiotics are used appropriately. Every time such a drug is used, a handful of the target bacteria may survive by employing some sort of natural defense mechanism, such as flushing out the drugs through channels in their cell walls.

These resisters can reproduce and multiply. What’s more, their successful recipes for fighting the drugs are encoded in their DNA and can be shared with other microbial species.

While older people can be more susceptible to drug-resistant infections, these deadly bugs can strike patients of any age. One in seven of the 866 Philadelphia-area infections occurred in people under 40, including children and newborns.

 

 

 

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  Bacteria thrive in warmth too.

 It goes without saying that more and diverse superbugs are going to thrive with global warming.

 

The best thing about these bacteria is they take out the elderly. 

Trump supporters.

The very people being killed as a result of global warming are the ones denying it.

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7 hours ago, Squatchman said:

  Bacteria thrive in warmth too.

 It goes without saying that more and diverse superbugs are going to thrive with global warming.

 

The best thing about these bacteria is they take out the elderly. 

Trump supporters.

The very people being killed as a result of global warming are the ones denying it.

 Instant karma.

 

Good point.

 

 

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