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17. Superbug Bacteria Spreading Worldwide

Lethal superbugs that do not respond to any known drugs are emerging. The World Health Organization states that the New Delhi, or NDM-1, superbug was recently found in UK patients who had traveled to countries such as India or Pakistan and has reached a critical point. These superbugs are resistant to carbapenem antibiotics, a major concern to experts because this type of antibiotic is used to treat infections that evade other drugs.

Already 25,000 people in Europe die each year from superbugs and there are a number of other bacteria that are also now resistant to all known drugs. That figure will increase to even greater numbers unless new, more powerful antibiotics are developed.

In 2010, scientists determined these bacteria, which have genetic resistance to antibiotics, have contaminated Delhi’s drinking water supply. The superbug gene has spread to bacteria that cause dysentery and
cholera, which can be easily passed from person to person via sewage-contaminated water. Scientists are calling for urgent, unified action by health authorities worldwide to “tackle the new strains and prevent their global spread.”The overuse and misuse of antibiotics  has led to “unprecedented levels” of resistance, and a lack of development of new drugs means we could see the development of entirely untreatable bacterial infections. The problem is worsened because drug companies have put off developing new antibiotics, which are seen as not profitable enough.

Source:

“Europe ‘losing’ superbugs battle,” Michelle Roberts, BBC News, April 6, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12975693

Student Researcher: Nzinga Dotson-Newman

Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips, Sonoma State University

  • Joe Giambrone October 19, 2011

    “there are a number of bacteria’s that are now resistant”

    “bacteria’s”?

    • Frank December 15, 2011

      More worried about grammar or, maybe, a typo, rather than the content of a serious story about a major public health issue. There’s always one…

    • Drew March 2, 2012

      bacteria is plural. bacterium is singular.

  • Joe Giambrone October 19, 2011

    “there are a number of bacteria’s that are now resistant”

    “bacteria’s”?

    • Frank December 15, 2011

      More worried about grammar or, maybe, a typo, rather than the content of a serious story about a major public health issue. There’s always one…

    • Drew March 2, 2012

      bacteria is plural. bacterium is singular.

  • Emerald October 20, 2011

    An old treatment,  ascorbic acid IV, has been shown to be effective. However, it cannot be patented, so there is no profit in it. My mother was cured of advanced MRSA by this method. The strong antibiotics she had been on for weeks were not helping at all. Ascorbic acid (AKA Vit C) is cheap and safe. 

  • Emerald October 20, 2011

    An old treatment,  ascorbic acid IV, has been shown to be effective. However, it cannot be patented, so there is no profit in it. My mother was cured of advanced MRSA by this method. The strong antibiotics she had been on for weeks were not helping at all. Ascorbic acid (AKA Vit C) is cheap and safe. 

  • Scott December 14, 2011

    So killing of your customer base isn’t profitable enough? People are not only greed but fools as well. I mean that’s not really one of those thing’s you can put of to the last minute.

  • Scott December 14, 2011

    So killing of your customer base isn’t profitable enough? People are not only greed but fools as well. I mean that’s not really one of those thing’s you can put of to the last minute.

  • Scott December 14, 2011

    I meant to say “So not killing of your customer base isn’t profitable enough?” sorry for the mistake.

  • Scott December 14, 2011

    I meant to say “So not killing of your customer base isn’t profitable enough?” sorry for the mistake.

  • karen todd December 15, 2011

    phage therapy

  • karen todd December 15, 2011

    phage therapy

  • Davey December 21, 2011

    I think we should just stop using antibiotics all together. The value placed on human life is only made up by humans. Let these bugs run their course, and the ones who survive in the end have earned their place in the animal kingdom. Just a thought

    • Darwin April 24, 2012

       Fine. Stop using antibiotics. In fact, just avoid all medicine, right. We’ll see how long you and your progeny survive.

      Me? Sorry, dude, I’ll use technology. You know, brain power.

      Survival of the fittest.

      • timetostandstrong May 17, 2012

        My children have not been to a doctor in there lives and never allowed to hav ANY vac. They range from 37 to 3 and not one has been sick. so use your technology just remember, the best way to keep your self healthy is to go natural it can be done….

  • Davey December 21, 2011

    I think we should just stop using antibiotics all together. The value placed on human life is only made up by humans. Let these bugs run their course, and the ones who survive in the end have earned their place in the animal kingdom. Just a thought

    • Darwin April 24, 2012

       Fine. Stop using antibiotics. In fact, just avoid all medicine, right. We’ll see how long you and your progeny survive.

      Me? Sorry, dude, I’ll use technology. You know, brain power.

      Survival of the fittest.

      • Anonymous May 17, 2012

        My children have not been to a doctor in there lives and never allowed to hav ANY vac. They range from 37 to 3 and not one has been sick. so use your technology just remember, the best way to keep your self healthy is to go natural it can be done….

  • JayM12345 April 8, 2013

    ” The problem is worsened because drug companies have put off developing
    new antibiotics, which are seen as not profitable enough.”

    Woohoo! Isn’t the free market just wonderful?

  • JayM12345 April 8, 2013

    ” The problem is worsened because drug companies have put off developing
    new antibiotics, which are seen as not profitable enough.”

    Woohoo! Isn’t the free market just wonderful?

  • Bhavita prajapati September 23, 2013

    so whats about the their treatment? BACTERIOPHAGE THERAPY ARE USE FULL? OR suberburg not treated?

  • hope February 3, 2014

    HELP PPL U SUCK !

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