If you are one of those people who believe that the condition of antibiotic resistance is nothing to worry about, well you might want to consider the following story.
Nevada Public Health officials are reporting the death of a woman in Reno as being from an incurable infection. The death happened last September. Scientists have confirmed that the woman’s infection was resistant from 26 various antibiotics.
That’s just crazy.
According to PBS:
“It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion.
“I think this is the harbinger of future badness to come,” said Dr. James Johnson, a professor of infectious diseases medicine at the University of Minnesota and a specialist at the Minnesota VA Medical Center.
This is yet another disturbing example of how dangerous the condition of antibiotic resistance actually is. And this doesn’t even touch on the less extreme implications, for example, superbugs that don’t kill yet instead wreak havoc on the economy due to missed work. People are getting sicker because what were once common bugs are now extremely powerful.
Sanitary wipes are part of the issue as well.
The American Medical Association discourages the use of antibacterial agents in consumer products because they may encourage the development of “superbugs” – antibiotic-resistant bacteria.