Almost everyone has been guilty at one time or another of being prescribed antibiotics by their primary care physician, and then ignoring the stern warning to take all the medication, “Even if you feel better before the bottle is empty.” Now because of this, antibiotic resistance infections may have come sprung to life. Doctors gave heed for the above reason. They knew what could happen, and now it has. “Nightmare bacteria” that “post a catastrophic threat”, states the Center for Disease Control, poses a serious danger to the entire world population.
Every year in the U.S alone, close to 2.5 million people fall ill from antibiotic resistant germs. Out of these, over 22,500 perish. It is sorely because of these horrific bacteria that the individuals are passing away. Numerous other sickened individuals lose their lives because of lesser known complications from the antibiotic resistant infections.
As was stated above, these super powerful bacteria have been able to outwit antibiotics by mostly the antibiotic being overused, and overexposured. The germs are able to reproduce and move very fast. Wherever they go, intense infections always follow. As they meet up with other types of bacteria, they will trade genetic code information, which in turn, causes the other germs to become super bacteria also, and are able to fight against antibiotics in their own right.
There is a very dangerous bacteria, which has become basically completely antibiotic resistant, and it is called CRE. There are really no known drugs left to fight it. The only good thing is the infection is basically very rare, only killing about 600 people each year, but the CDC has found it in almost all 50 states. If you come down with it, it is essentially a death sentence.
Ironically, the infection, MRSA, is one well antibiotic resistant infection, which seems to be going down. Aggressive MRSA infections in hospitals went down over half from 2005 to 2011, in the journal JAMA of Internal Medicine. Yet, the quantity of invasive MRSA infections out of a health care setting has not really changed. It is believed MSRA outside the hospital has now surpassed people coming down with it inside the clinical setting. Humans are not the only species causing this problem.
Antibiotics that are being given to farm animals are not helping this nightmare. The United States government believes that nearly 75 percent of antibiotics are injected into both well and ill animals. The antibiotics are thought to halt sickness when animals are close to each other and can spread infection easily. Animals that take them also mature at a faster rate, but federal agencies are in the process of attempting to discontinue this sort of practice.
In the gloom and doom of the bacteria nightmare, there are things you can do to help stop the spread of resistance. If you are ill, you do not have to take antibiotics. If you are prescribed them, please make sure to take them all, and never skip doses.
Wash your hands. Good hygiene goes such a long way. Make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations. Cook raw meat and poultry carefully to kill all the bacteria. Just do what you can to be safe to fight against antibiotic resistant infections. Keep yourself safe.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble