Monday, November 30, 2015

Superbugs to devastate humanity as last antibiotic chemicals prove useless Submitted by IWB, on November 30th, 2015

by: David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) As drug-resistant infections become more prevalent, more and more people are now being treated with “last-resort” antibiotics, warns a new report by Public Health England, an agency within the British Department of Health.

The report also showed an increase in the number of people suffering a “significantantibiotic-resistant infection” between 2010 and 2014.

Antibiotic resistance develops as a natural consequence of antibiotic use. Because viruses are a diverse and ancient group of organisms, many of them have some degree of resistance to the chemicals used to kill them. When antibiotics are used, these naturally resistant organisms survive, while the vulnerable ones are killed.

The surviving bacteria then reproduce, passing on their resistance to the next generation. The more widely antibiotics are used, the more rapidly resistance genes spread through bacterial populations.

The problem is made even worse by the bacterial ability to swap genes with each other, even between species.
Doctors increasing use of “last-resort” drugs

The British report found an increase not just in general antibiotic resistant infections between 2010 and 2014, but in two varieties in particular: E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Infectious forms of E. coli can cause vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and even kidney failure and death. K. pneumoniae causes both pneumonia and urinary tract infections, and can also cause blood poisoning.

The study found that rates of bloodstream infections with E. coli increased by