Threat of Epidemic Increases

Did you know that 25,000 people die every year in the EU from drug-resistant bacterial infections?

Not cancer.

Not AIDS.

Bacterial infections, the drug-resistant kind.

Twenty five THOUSAND every year.

In an era of potent antibiotics, who would have thought that we’d start running into bacteria that we cannot kill?

Well, we have, and the situation is getting worse. In fact, it’s getting so bad that experts are saying that this could turn out to be as bad a threat as AIDS or pandemic flu.

If this gets bad enough (and it will), we will have to go back to the bad old days when we used to quarantine families and towns when there was a disease outbreak.

Do you have a plan to handle the possibility of a drug-resistant disease outbreak in your community?


Experts fear diseases ‘impossible to treat’
Alarming rise in bacteria resistant to antibiotics, Government report finds

Jeremy Laurance, 20 February 2012, The Independent

Britain is facing a “massive” rise in antibiotic-resistant blood poisoning caused by the bacterium E.coli – bringing closer the spectre of diseases that are impossible to treat.

Experts say the growth of antibiotic resistance now poses as great a threat to global health as the emergence of new diseases such as Aids and pandemic flu.

Professor Peter Hawkey, a clinical microbiologist and chair of the Government’s antibiotic-resistance working group, said that antibiotic resistance had become medicine’s equivalent of climate change.

The “slow but insidious growth” of resistant organisms was threatening to turn common infections into untreatable diseases, he said. Already, an estimated 25,000 people die each year in the European Union from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

“It is a worldwide issue – there are no boundaries,” he said. “We have very good policies on the use of antibiotics in man and in animals in the UK. But we are not alone. We have to think globally.” Between 2005 and 2009 the incidence of E.coli “bacteraemias” [the presence of bacteria in the blood] rose by 30 per cent, from 18,000 to over 25,000 cases. Those resistant to antibiotics have risen from 1 per cent at the beginning of the century to 10 per cent.

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