In this age of wonder medicine, where we know surgical and medical miracles in treatment happen routinely, we are now facing a threat from super bacteria that keep mutating and ignore our best antibiotics. There has been no developement in the past few decades of new antibiotics to combat these new super bugs.
Going into the hospital for a routine hip replacement could prove deadly if a strain of super bug was nearby. Sounds like a new medical thriller that I certainly wouldn’t want to live. New strains of drug resistant diseases such as gonorrhea is spreading across the world. “One of the best known superbugs, MRSA, is alone estimated to kill around 19,000 people every year in the United States – far more than HIV and AIDS – and a similar number in Europe.”
Where are the research scientists? Are common antibiotics not exciting enough, or is everyone working on the cure for cancer and other major diseases? It seems that the majority of the world’s population will come in contact with the new super bugs before they have to combat HIV or cancer. This news doesn’t make it any easier to decide whether to have a needed surgery.
- Antibiotic Resistance Poses ‘Catastrophic Threat’ To Medicine, Says Britain’s Top Health Official (huffingtonpost.com)
- Antibiotic Resistance Sparks “Superbug” Fears, Catastrophic Threat (fox2now.com)
- Drug-resistant superbugs evade antibiotics: UK medical chief (gulfnews.com)
- Antibiotic resistance ‘a time-bomb’ (standard.co.uk)
- Warning over threat posed by new wave of ‘superbugs’ (guardian.co.uk)