Antibiotic Resistance Worse Health Crisis Than AIDS

Antibiotic resistanceLast year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of the apocalyptic public health implications of antibiotic-resistant organisms. Now the World Health Organization has issued a statement that it could be worse than the AIDS epidemic, reported via the Telegraph:

A child’s scratched knee from falling off their bike, common bladder infections among the elderly in care homes and routine surgery to replace broken hips could all become fatal as antibiotics are becoming increasingly useless, the World Health Organisation has said.

The crisis is bigger and more urgent than the Aids epidemic of the 1980s, it was warned.

UK experts said the ‘era of safe medicine is coming to an end’ and government funds must be pumped into the production of new drugs.

In the foreword to the report Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security, wrote: “A post-antibiotic era — in which common infections and minor injuries can kill — far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century.”

He said: “Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating.”

He said modern medicine, from the treatment of urinary tract infections and pneumonia in babies to chemotherapy and kidney dialysis are under threat.

“This is not an abstract problem. We have a big problem now and it is going to get bigger.

“What do we do when we have infections we cannot treat or when we lose the ability to protect people when having chemotherapy? I think there are very concrete implications, ” he said.

The report, Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance, focuses on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as sepsis, diarrhoea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea…

[continues at the Telegraph]


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22 Comments on "Antibiotic Resistance Worse Health Crisis Than AIDS"

  1. Jason White | May 1, 2014 at 11:56 am |

    Looks like natural selection’s going to make a comeback.

  2. Anarchy Pony | May 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm |

    Evolution is a socialist lie! Nobama!

  3. This is what happens when the government allows antibiotics to be fed regularly to livestock for human consumption so they can grow bigger in less healthy conditions. Combine this with the fact people doctors try to keep from curing their patients by just treating the symptoms and not the disease, so they can get richer quicker.
    What a terrible society greed makes. It is illegal to get into the deep internet and hire a killer to murder someone who has done something to really deserve execution. But is is perfectly legal for the rich to murder thousands, who do not deserve a death sentence, just so they can become richer. Twisted, truly twisted.

    • Anarchy Pony | May 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm |

      Welcome to earth.

    • kowalityjesus | May 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm |

      dis true, but it is on a dispersed scale and an indirect effect. Lots of tragic things happen like that, e.g. anthropogenic climate change or non-point-source pollution. Therefore we should not necessarily blame the perpetrators, i.e. industrial farmers, for widely using antibiotics as a logical extension of economics. We should blame the regulators and consumers for not doing the right thing in face of the inevitable collective tragedy that this practice produces. Also we should blame people that don’t use their prescription for the prescribed length of time, those scoundrels.

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm |

    reminds me of the story about
    the guy who sees the Grim Reaper at the market
    borrows transportation to get away from death
    only to find out he escaped to his appointed date with
    The Grim Reaper

  5. kowalityjesus | May 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm |

    I wonder about the feasibility of this, but, as I read in an article earlier today regarding food safety, before the advent of antibiotics people were using bacteriophages to fight bacterial infections. Given the talents and resources we have been investing into genetics and microbiology, why wouldn’t this less-convenient resource rise again to supplement or replace antibiotics in present and future diseases?

  6. this is the direct result of medical science,via dr’s, over-prescribing anti-biotics for many many years now,in conjunction with the prevalence of it in the food supply via a majority of the livestock,and the subsequent byproducts.

    hell..around here,in recent years,you could walk right in and get free anti-biotics at local supermarket pharmacies,as long as you had a prescription for it.

    what’s interesting to me is that every person that brings up the ‘natural selection’ snark routine..are probably in that majority who quickly run to the pharmacy for a minor infection with their dr’s prescription in hand,instead of just using natural cures.
    raw garlic,tumeric,tea tree oil or raw manuka honey ,have been scientifically proven to be much more effective than the synthetic biotic nukes that people are still prescribed by dr’s on a daily basis but are often scoffed at if mentioned in a dr’s office.

    in accordance with ‘evolution theory’ you’d think for the human race’s immune system to ‘evolve’ effectively,humans would ,over a period of time of constant exposure, eventually adapt to such pathogens without any use of synthetic vaccines and synthetic anti-biotics,if more natural approaches were adopted.

    in reality,for the most part,isn’t pharmacological science,and much of western medicine, basically a direct contradiction to adapting & thus evolution itself?…if natural protocols were used instead,do you think we’d be in this predicament we’re in now with such superbugs?

    • misinformation | May 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm |

      Isn’t this a myopic view of “evolution”?

      Why does pharmacological science and much of western medicine inherently contradict adapting or evolution?

      • Anarchy Pony | May 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm |

        I believe he’s saying that it’s cutting adaptation out of the loop. Instead of adapting to new bugs we just try to kill them off.

        • misinformation | May 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm |

          Perhaps. That has merit to it.

          In that sense, perhaps it becomes a quality over quantity issue – so to speak. Certainly, with the proper use of “pharmacological science and much of western medicine”, more people are living longer lives.

      • well actually..i would say doctors and their big pharma cohorts have myopic views and approaches,about doling out the antibiotics like candy…as well as vaccines (but that’s another discussion entirely)..

        sadly, after years and years of being warned about the possiblity of the rise of antibiotic resistant bugs,they simply continued their myopic approach… and yet, we are.

        this now is the deadly blowback,that seems to be playing out…as a direct result of that type of treatment.

        on any given day a patient enters dr’s office: “yeah doc,i think i have an infection”…after about 7 minutes of an ‘exam’…a prescription is written out for an antibiotic and given to the patient…even tho it’s probably a minor infection that could’ve easily been treated with manuka honey,or raw garlic for a week,along with letting the persons immune system attempt to fight it off …nope..they dole out the fucking antibiotics as a quick fix,and a quick buck.

        unfortunately,that’s about the extent of many walk-in exams and the treatment that many will run into.
        western medicine is pretty set in their ways,and scoff at any mentions of natural treatments, or eastern types of medicine that have been around much longer for a reason. there’s a definite condescending attitude that modern,western medicine has.

        and now,we have a very nasty result of that type of myopic,quick fix treatment..

        like anarchy pony mentioned,it just seems like adaptation is ignored,by medical science.

        • misinformation | May 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm |

          “doling out the antibiotics like candy”

          This was my point. It’s not the antibiotics or “western medicine”, it’s their (over)use. Not unlike plastic (or many other things), for instance. Plastic is not “evil” But the culture of “Dollar Stores” that grew up around it, creates a problem.

          • well, considering the fact that antibiotics tend to wipe out the probiotics in the gut as well,which the body needs for effective immune function,so that ,in and of itself,would impede the body’s natural immune response,especially if dealing with a secondary infection.

            i just don’t think antibiotics are as effective as natural treatments is all..along with the over-prescribing,and cumulative exposure in the food supply.

            and i think this superbug result was inevitable,because they’ve been utilizing a very narrow approach for treatments instead of looking for more natural routes to maybe integrate and adopt.

            i don’t think medical care professionals should be using dollar store tactics when it’s a persons health at stake…as well as the publics health overall,as we’re now finding out.

            i’d also say, plastic is already proving itself to be pretty detrimental to the human body as well..especially hormone wise..and yet it’s what most of the food supply is stored in…but that’s for another discussion.

  7. Apathesis | May 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm |

    At least no one is raping virgin girls to cure their bacterial infections… yet.

  8. Population purge?

  9. Michelle Moore | May 2, 2014 at 9:42 am |

    Maybe now government will think twice about all the antibiotics they feed livestock, unless that’s how it intends to save Social Security?

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