HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS, 2018 Superbug Patrol: Watching them Carefully

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 11 April 2018



2018 Superbug Patrol

Watching them Carefully...

“Nightmare” superbugs continue to lurk in US, but control efforts working,
Ars Technica, April, 4, 2018.

"...latest surveillance data..."


"...focused on bacteria resistant to a group of antibiotics called carbapenems, which are often used as drugs of last resort."

"These carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) burst onto the clinical scene starting in the early 2000s and they’ve tended to carry resistance to many or nearly all other antibiotics, in addition to carbapenems."

"...CRE cause dreadful infections with mortality rates as high as 50 percent..."


"...collected and analyzed 5,776 isolates from a variety of healthcare facilities in 32 states. Of those isolates, about 25 percent produced carbapenem-thwarting enzymes called carbapenemases. There were 1,401 CRE and 25 CRPA identified."

Also tracked, "...a similarly concerning germ, carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA)."


"...this level of surveillance is in its relative infancy, so there isn’t enough data to say how prevalent these less-common strains are overall or whether they’re increasing or decreasing. There is no trend data yet for specific types of CRE."


"...there is enough data on CRE generally to say that they may be decreasing overall. Based on data collected from CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) between 2006 and 2015, the percentage of carbapenem resistance among Enterobacteriaceae isolates from short-stay, acute-care hospitals fell from a peak of 10.6 percent in 2007 to 3.1 percent in 2015."


Bottom Line
New World of Germs
What's clear here is that massive human and agricultural over-and-mis use of antibiotics has unleashed bacterial strains with total resistance to all the synthetic and natural antibiotics humans have found and employed, so far.

Continued misuse of antibiotics created and still drives bacterial evolution of resistance. Antibiotic misuse must stop. Even if we could stop misusing antibiotics, we are still left with the problem of already-antibiotic resistant bacteria, and their novel ability to directly transfer such resistance among themselves, even if misuse of antibiotics could possibly be stopped, which I believe is highly unlikely.

The bottom line is that some bacteria have found resistance to all human antibiotics, and those bacteria have the ability to directly transfer that resistance to all other bacteria. While we are at the same time still flooding antibiotics into agriculture, complimented by out of control human usage.
My analysis of the mass global flows of humans and trade tells me that these antibiotic resistant bacteria will be successful at propagating themselves globally. The only questions I have are about it's rate of dispersal and the addition of new antibiotic resistant bacteria, as the "universe" of bacteria living on this planet continue to evolve and mutate in the face of our massive human and agricultural misuse of antibiotics.

We are facing the day when everyone in the world will come to the realization that a simple, small cut has a reasonable chance of killing you.

Ground Floor
The human response to the loss of antibiotics, when that day comes, is going to be behavioral. Everyone will be carrying a "cut kit" from that point on. The "cut kit" will consist of an effective antiseptic and a seclection of bandaids. Instant cut clean-up and bandaging will become common practice once the bacteria world achieves universal transmission of antibiotic resistance.



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