Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance

❝ According to the report, more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result. In addition, 223,900 cases of Clostridioides difficile occurred in 2017 and at least 12,800 people died.

Dedicated prevention and infection control efforts in the U.S. are working to reduce the number of infections and deaths caused by antibiotic-resistant germs, but the number of people facing antibiotic resistance is still too high. More action is needed to fully protect people…

❝ The report lists 18 antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi into three categories based on level of concern to human health—urgent, serious, and concerning—and highlights…

❝ The report also includes a Watch List with three threats that have not spread resistance widely in the U.S. but could become common without a continued aggressive approach.

Your family doctor is probably hip to all this. Not so much heard from our politicians, whether local or some big deal in Washington, DC.. But, they’re the ones who get to move money around…decide whether grants go to corporate gladhanders…or to not-for-profit research.

RTFA. Think about it. Who do you trust to get something done?

2 thoughts on “Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance

  1. Sláinte says:

    “An Irish folk medicine can stop antibiotic resistant bacteria” “Alkaline soil from the Boho Highlands of Northern Ireland contains a new strain of bacteria — Streptomyches sp. myrophorea — which inhibits the growth of four of the six multi-resistant pathogens that the WHO calls “high-priority pathogens.”
    The results were published in January in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.”

    “Streptomyces sp. myrophorea, isolate McG1 is species of Streptomyces, that originates from a (ethnopharmacology) folk cure in the townland of Toneel North in Boho, County Fermanagh. This area was previously occupied by the Druids (~1500 years ago) and before this neolithic people (~ 3,700 years ago) who engraved the nearby Reyfad stones. Streptomyces sp. myrophorea is inhibitory to many species of ESKAPE pathogens, can grow at high pH (10.5) and can tolerate relatively high levels of radioactivity.” “A Novel Alkaliphilic Streptomyces Inhibits ESKAPE Pathogens”. Frontiers in Microbiology. 9: 2018 Oct 16, 2018.

    See also Streptomyces sp. myrophorea

  2. Update says:

    Doctor’s Note: How COVID-19 is increasing antibiotic resistance : Why has the WHO said a ‘worrying number’ of bacterial infections are becoming resistant to medicines?
    “In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic is thought to have accelerated the threat of global antimicrobial resistance as many patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 receive antibiotics to keep secondary bacterial infections, such as bacterial pneumonia, in check.
    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in March that a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat them.
    Senior scientific adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dawn Sievert has also said, “Since the emergence of COVID-19, collected data have shown an increase in antibiotic use, even though most of the initial illnesses being treated have been from COVID-19 viral infection.”
    It is not only those who are admitted to hospital who are receiving antibiotics; people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms such as cough and fever are also being given prophylactic antibiotics in case they develop bacterial infections. This is not useful, as COVID-19 is a viral infection and antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. But some doctors who may be concerned about a risk of a secondary bacterial infection are prescribing them.”
    See also “COVID-19: don’t neglect antimicrobial stewardship principles!” (Clinical Microbiology and Infection Journal)

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