Overusing Antibiotics Could Lead to Worst

U.S. military researchers said they had identified the first patient in the United States to be infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic that was the last resort against drug-resistant germs. The patient has recovered, but the case raised the specter of superbugs that could cause untreatable infections.

The idea of people dying from infections once easily cured may seem outlandish. But it is happening — killing about 23,000 people in the United States a year — and experts warn that things will get worse because bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics faster than we can make drugs to fight back.

We have ourselves to blame, for overusing the drugs in people and wasting them on livestock. Now, a dangerous form of drug resistance has reached the United States, leaving us one step away from infections that are completely untreatable.

An antibiotic resistance used to be infectious disease, illness such as tuberculosis and pneumonia. Due to the overuse of antibiotics, the bugs that were invented to fight started to develop ways of resisting them.

For years, infectious-disease doctors have been warning to overuse antibiotics in both people and livestock, unless needed. They also warned that there will come a day when they will be powerless against the most ferocious bugs and everything will be back to square one. The days when people can no longer find cure again.

Source: Seattle Times

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