Friday, April 8, 2011

Superbugs

A superbug is microorganism which is able to survive exposure to an antibiotic. Antibiotics are often used in rearing animals for food and this use among others is playing a significant role in the creation of resistant strains of bacteria. Each year in the European Union over 25,000 people die because of bacterial infections that are able to outsmart even the newest antibiotics. The WHO says the situation has reached a critical level and a united push to make new usable drugs is urgently needed. Without a concerted effort, we could be dealing with a worldwide spread of untreatable infections.

This is of course a serious threat and the idea of first having a fatal disease followed by surgery leading to a super bacterium infection doesn't sound very temptating. This isn't a huge concern in Finland, yet. It doesn't take many years for this being a major drawback for us too. Luckily we have gotten a short time-out and we should use that efficiently. Now or never is the time to invest on health care! 

The original piece of news can be found here.

20 comments:

  1. This is kind of scary. I'm waiting the next uncureable plague.

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  2. Modern medicine aint got shit on these killers.

    I'm shaking in my micro biotic fucking boots.

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  3. Lets hope people understand these risks and make some good decisions for us to be ready.

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  4. crazy, hope we find a solution soon.

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  5. I do not like this. Look how nasty that looks too.

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  6. Scary stuff, our planet is due a new pandemic soon

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  7. This kinda scares me.. Hopefully solution is found soon

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  8. Dude, this is scaring the shit out of me, bro! :(

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  9. Creepy :/ I want to un-know this.

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  10. that is crazy, thanks for sharing though:D

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  11. Depressing stuff out there in the world…

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  12. intresting. i like this topic

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  13. Scary, i'm gonna look more into this

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  14. They've found another antibiotic, but it's not used because they're saving it for a pandemic... according to my Biology lecturer anyway. The good thing about this is it can only survive when in a completely clean environment, as it is quite weak, and could only kill the kind of people that are weak and recovering from major surgery. The bad news is it exists, and can evolve to become strong enough to live outside of hospitals.
    When this happens, we're screwed.

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  15. Isn't there some big new superbug they just found.

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  16. Yep, this is very true and also very scaring... the "hospital bacteria" is endangering us all... And we should be careful using those antibiotics...

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