CDC Warns ‘We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era’

antibiotic-resistantFor all our technology, will we end up going back to the Dark Ages? Wired Science writes:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just published a first-of-its-kind assessment of the threat from antibiotic-resistant organisms, outlining urgent steps that need to be taken.

The agency’s conservative assessment of the problem:

Each year, in the U.S., 2,049,442 illnesses caused by bacteria and fungi that are resistant to at least some classes of antibiotics; Each year, out of those illnesses, 23,000 deaths.

“If we are not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era,” Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC’s director, said in a media briefing. “And for some patients and for some microbes, we are already there.”

Out of that matrix, their top three “urgent” threats:

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, a set of ICU germs that are resistant to almost all antibiotics: 600 deaths per year; Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, which currently responds to only one drug: 246,000 infections per year; Clostridium difficile, 14,000 deaths.

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34 Responses to CDC Warns ‘We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era’

  1. Juan September 22, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Oh, that’s just great . . . one more thing to be freaked out about that could bring a slow horrible death.
    Have a nice day:)

  2. Cortacespedes September 22, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    OH GREAT SKIDDLEY DIDDLEY!!! And me on the chemo.
    Of course the great irony here is… do you know how many cows I have injected with antibiotics?

    Yeah, my bad. You do have my apologies.

    Well kids, the moral of the story is…whatever the fuck you do, rightly or wrongly thought at the time, it will all come back to bite you on the ass.

    Shit, I just didn’t want the cows to die… at least not at that particular moment.

    • echar September 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      One never can tell for certain.

      • Cortacespedes September 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

        Yes, one can never tell for certain, but it has been my experience that 9 times out of 10 your deeds (good and bad) all have a hand at doing you in. Tho, at times this great “slow motion train wreck” that is life, is fun to watch, sometimes I think I’d rather be observing it from the bleacher seats.

        Quite impossible to do, however.

        • jnana September 27, 2013 at 8:52 am #

          oh, you can observe from the bleachers.
          its called dissociation. easily achieved by meditating more and consuming special plant medicines.

          • Andrew September 27, 2013 at 9:54 am #

            Or PTSD.

          • Cortacespedes September 27, 2013 at 10:28 am #

            But those are simulations, cheap parlor tricks for the brain. I’ve had it done before (a few times actually)…once in a dentist’s chair.

            Didn’t care much for the experience(s). I am one of the few people in the history of dentistry to beg, mid-root canal, for them to turn off the N/O. To say I HATED that feeling, is understatement.

            Of course I can only vouch for my experiences; yours may vary.

            I guess I should say, it’s impossible for ME to do.

          • Calypso_1 September 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

            or special arylcyclohexylamines

          • jnana September 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

            different type of dissociation. i’m talking about conscious dissociation, conscious withdrawal from the world of forms.
            Returning to the Tao.

            maybe pcp and k can do that, not sure, but I’d bet its a corrupted dissociation as is that caused by trauma

    • Simon September 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Great Googley Mooglies*

      • Codgitator September 23, 2013 at 11:54 am #

        see that loogie?, Yeah But keep it on the DL Hughly

  3. Rex Vestri September 22, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    That’s what we get for pumping livestock full of antibiotics and for doctors dispensing them like candy to every kid with a cold. Oops!

    Colloidal silver probably kills all of those bacteria, but The Sickness Industry couldn’t patent it so they demonized and suppressed it.

    • HCE September 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      I’ve known more than one individual whose skin turned blue as a result of colloidal silver. Nothing is without risk.

      • Fab Force 1 September 23, 2013 at 8:48 am #

        Prove it!

    • Calypso_1 September 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      The “Sickness Industry” does use silver compounds.

      • Simon Valentine September 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

        sickness industry

        nice call

    • atlanticus September 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Great idea until the bacteria become resistant to colloidal silver. Then we can try garlic…and wait for them become resistant to that. Then we’ll move on to tea tree oil, manuka honey, grapefruit seed extract, etc, etc…the problem remains the same, regardless.

      If anything, people should be completely randomly using any and all antibiotics (natural and pharmaceutical), as SPARINGLY as possible, so that the bacteria never have a chance to become resistant to any one type.

      • Cortacespedes September 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

        So then, I guess my idea of grazing cattle on garlic cloves to both rid them of unwanted infection while also cornering the market on “naturally processed” organic garlic butter is dubious at best?

        Damn, yet another tattered dream I must pitch to the wayside.

        I suppose a paraphrase of Hank Hill might serve us well…(or cheer me up anyway)

        “You’re trying to contain an outbreak, while I am driving the monkey to the airport.”

        • atlanticus September 24, 2013 at 7:16 am #

          Oh, do it anyway, because naturally organic garlic butter sounds DELISH.

  4. Charlie Primero September 22, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Remain calm citizen. The CDC never amplifies your fear without offering solutions. Report Recommendations:

    * More registration and tracking of farmers, restaurants, and prescriptions.

    * Tracking and “tracing contacts” of individuals who are infected.

    * More legislation like the GAIN act which gave Big Pharma corporations funding, “Market Exclusivity” (monopoly), and protection from product liability in the courts.

    Ahhh the joys of National Sociali$t Fa$cism grow by the year.

    • howiebledsoe September 22, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Yes, they will pull a wonder drug out of their hat and charge a shedload for it.

      • Calypso_1 September 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

        In the case of C.diff the new wonder ‘drug’ is a different sort of load which is not extracted from a hat.

    • Andrew September 22, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      So do you have any recommendations as to how to deal with drug-resistant diseases, or are you claiming they aren’t becoming more resistant to antibiotics due to their overuse?

      • Charlie Primero September 22, 2013 at 11:17 am #

        Absolutely. My recommendation is to decrease the level of fascism in America. History demonstrates that national socialist fascism increases social pathologies, while liberalism does the opposite.

        • Andrew September 22, 2013 at 11:43 am #

          I’m not talking about social pathologies, I’m talking about antibiotic resistant microbes.

        • echar September 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

          Your rhetoric is so transparent.

      • echar September 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

        All liberal Doctors suggest taking a new drug, called Lockezin. It has been made from genetic material gathered from the creator of Liberalism. It may not keep you from dying, but you will know upon death, that it is your death and yours alone.

      • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness September 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

        Properly functioning immune systems tolerate drug resistant pathogens with a high rate of success. In agriculture, the kinds of steps to take to improve living conditions of animals is called “cultural management”. Pasture access, especially sunlight exposure is crucial in that regard. In any form of sustainable systems design, cultural management is the cornerstone, with chemical applications far down the list. And let’s not forget, humans are animals.

        Of course, the dominant system treats everything as a substrate. Fields are sprayed with floor cleaner to prepare for wide scale infestation of cash crops. Animals are meat factories, and shall be injected with the chemicals needed to grow the meat in exclusion to any other thing.

        But in truth, all things are more than themselves. You have ten times the number of cells in and on you, than those that share your genetic makeup. It’s a team effort. It always has been. The more diverse and robust your personal micro-floral environment, the harder it is for pathogenic critters to cause you trouble. That these diseases are cropping up all over is a canary in the ecological coal mine. Our society’s cultural management is failing in a spectacularly disastrous fashion.

  5. Mathew Sympsun September 22, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    23,000 deaths. Of course.

  6. BuzzCoastin September 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    it looks like the failure rate (death) is <1%
    which is a pretty good statistic
    if it's true

  7. MrsAnomalon September 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    People should just stop wiping everything with hand sanitizers and popping antibiotics every time they sneeze and let their own natural immune systems build up a resistance like our ancestors did. Most of our own ancestors survived even the Black Death without antibiotics, or else we wouldn’t be around today to worry about it.

  8. Rhoid Rager September 23, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    That’s it; I’m not licking another ICU door handle again.

  9. DeepCough September 24, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    Well, if you can’t poison the hell outta bacterial infections, you can always irradiate the shit outta them.

  10. jnana September 27, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Keep your immune system thriving and help the friendly bacteria outcompete the bad bacteria. Drink raw milk, kefir, kombucha, apple cider vinegar, and eat yogurt. Live outdoors more amongst dirt and shit to develop immunities.
    Modern civilized life has no hope.

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