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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  • Juan

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

  • Cortacespedes

    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

      One never can tell for certain.

      • Cortacespedes

        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

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

          • Andrew

            Or PTSD.

          • Cortacespedes

            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

            or special arylcyclohexylamines

          • jnana

            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

      Great Googley Mooglies*

      • Codgitator

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

  • Rex Vestri

    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

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

      • Fab Force 1

        Prove it!

    • Calypso_1

      The “Sickness Industry” does use silver compounds.

      • Simon Valentine

        sickness industry

        nice call

    • atlanticus

      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

        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

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

  • Charlie Primero

    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

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

      • Calypso_1

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

    • Andrew

      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

        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

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

        • echar

          Your rhetoric is so transparent.

      • echar

        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

        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.

  • Mathew Sympsun

    23,000 deaths. Of course.

  • BuzzCoastin

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

  • MrsAnomalon

    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.

  • Rhoid Rager

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

  • DeepCough

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

  • jnana

    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.