Doctors Warn Superbugs Could Erase Century Of Medical Advances


superbugDrug-resistant “superbugs” represent one of the gravest threats in the history of medicine, leading experts have warned.

Routine operations could become deadly “in the very near future” as bacteria evolve to resist the drugs we use to combat them. This process could erase a century of medical advances, say government doctors in a special editorial in The Lancet health journal.

Although the looming threat of antibiotic, or anti-microbial, resistance has been known about for years, the new warning reflects growing concern that the NHS and other national health systems, already under pressure from ageing populations, will struggle to cope with the rising cost of caring for people in the “post-antibiotic era”.


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  1. Just an FYI for readers. Some of this resistance has come from the fact that most animals are kept on a steady diet of antibiotics due to the unhealthy diet and conditions they are forced to live under. That means that the antibiotics end up in our system through the meat.

  2. Re surgery and hospitals. Abundant research has shown that most hospital and surgical infections can be controlled by consistent use of basic precautions, like all medical personnel washing hands thoroughly between each patient contact. (If you’re in the hospital, ch”v, keep an eagle eye on your nurse and especially your doctor, and make sure they wash or disinfect their hands before they touch you. For whatever reason, doctors seem to be particularly bad about this.)

    #1 is also right. The producers are oiver tzaar baalei chaim with their methods, and the animals “are getting back at us” by passing their resistant bugs on to us. Someone with a compromised immune system might fight it smart to temporarily become a vegetarian until agribusiness changes its methods.

  3. Over use of anti bacterial a our obsition with anti thing that kill germs has lead to more problems. Since they only kill as claimed 99%of the germs that means we are creating germs that can with stand these cleaners And as to supper bugs they are here and have been in our hospitals for yours


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