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    Antibiotics Can No Longer Kill Superbugs'

    According to business insider, the overuse & misuse of antibiotics experts are concerned that Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) cannot be killed with the world most powerful antibiotics.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/europ...ctions-2013-11

    http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes14 View Post
    According to business insider, the overuse & misuse of antibiotics experts are concerned that Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) cannot be killed with the world most powerful antibiotics.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/europ...ctions-2013-11

    http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/
    I read the second article with great interest! We must never forgot how bubonic plague decimated some 20 million people..

    The article also mentions 'New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase,' a nasty bug..
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    The biggest contribution to this problem is when people go on a course of antibiotics but then don’t complete the course because they feel better. So what happens is the weaker bacteria are killed but the more resilient bacteria survive in the individual. Completing the course will usually kill the more resilient bacteria. So they guy not completing the course is essentially sitting with a stronger bacterial strain than he had before he started the course. This stronger strain then gets released into the environment. The bacteria thus becomes stronger over time and eventually more resilient to antibiotics. The bacterial strains are evolving quicker than we can develop new types of antibiotics. Like an arms race the two sides battle. The scary thing is that we are slowly losing this arms race.


    There are very few alternatives to antibiotics. One currently being researched involves the use of plasma to destroy bacteria. Such research is still in its infancy – far from being a real alternative any time soon, but it does have huge potential.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1001115514.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmbguy View Post
    The biggest contribution to this problem is when people go on a course of antibiotics but then don’t complete the course because they feel better. So what happens is the weaker bacteria are killed but the more resilient bacteria survive in the individual. Completing the course will usually kill the more resilient bacteria.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1001115514.htm
    Indeed! This is why we have Multi-resistant TB in SA..
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    Over prescribing anti-biotics also play a role in this situation, but not finishing the course is a big factor. Some links about this new dilemma are provided below;
    Dr. Arjun Srinivasan is an associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He spoke with FRONTLINE about the need for more action at the local level to combat the problem of antibacterial resistance. This is the edited transcript of an interview conducted on June 28, 2013.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...iotics-period/

    More articles here;
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...mare-bacteria/

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