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“Superbugs” Getting Stronger: Antibiotics Failing to Resist Bacteria

by Vani Pradeep on December 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM
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 “Superbugs” Getting Stronger: Antibiotics Failing to Resist Bacteria

The overuse of antibiotics in hospitals and our farms is causing trouble in fighting bacteria. Doctors have recently detected that we are at the risk of facing everyday infections, which may no longer get cured through existing drugs.

India has been victim to the "Superbugs" that killed 58,000 infants last year: A recent study revealed. Experts from the medical field have sent warning signals that antibiotic drugs for newborn babies are no longer able to fight bacterial infections. These infections have a strong resistance to most of the antibiotic drugs. The cause detected is poor sanitation. To get rid of infection, doctors are in a forced state to make antibiotic prescriptions. Since, Indians consume maximum amount of drugs, it helps bacteria emerge new strains. Despite the best efforts of Indian doctors, many Indian babies fail to survive due to acute infection.

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Americans have seen a startling quarter of a million die of bacterial infections last year. This has been an alarming number despite doctor's treatment through antibiotics, which the bacteria have survived over. Across 42 states in the US, there have been increasing cases of "nightmare bacteria" which kills nearly half of the patients it infects.

The fight against diseases is growing strong and when the first round of drugs fail, doctors resort to carbapenems, which are "second-line" class of drugs. But, Indian scientists from Mumbai reported in 2012 on collecting samples from patients that infection borne patients are now resistant to carbapenems. This was against the 30 percent count of samples collected from patients some years ago. These superbugs have created shocks not only in The US and India, but, UK's chief medical officer Sally Davies said earlier this year, an apocalyptic scenario would be upon us this century if we fail to take massive measures to stop it.

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