Super Resistant Bacteria

March 4th, 2011 by Dustin

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a relatively recent phenomenon, where normal bacteria become able to survive antibiotic treatments. An infection that would normally be killed by a regimen of antibiotics could instead survive, and proceed to the bloodstream, where it can cause septic shock. In fact, untreated staph infections lead to death 80% of the time.

Many strains of bacteria have acquired resistance to drugs used to treat them, including 55% of S. pneumonia, 62% of staph bacteria, and 85% of E. faecium strains.

Drug resistance occurs from random natural mutations in bacterial DNA. After a regimen of antibiotics, most of the bacteria die, but the resistant few survive, and can multiply within hours, leading to a renewed infection. Worse yet, bacteria can share RNA, allowing them to confer resistance on nearby germs. In these cases, so-called “superbugs” transfer their antibiotic resistance genes, sometimes to bacteria of a different species.

Often, overuse of antibiotics on farms exacerbates this problem, and may end up creating human-targeting germs that are almost impossible to kill. Americans consume at least three million pounds of antibiotics per year, 40% of which cannot kill the bacteria they are supposed to. Farming complicates the situation with 25 million pounds given to animals, even though if animals were kept in cleaner conditions, 99% of these drugs would be unnecessary.

One alternative is probiotic therapy. This utilizes our “good” bacteria that produce natural antibiotics to kill infectious germs. They can even evolve to create new antibiotics to respond to resistant superbugs. Increasing immunity by living healthy with proper sleep, eating habits, and even keeping a sense of humor can also help. Combined with using fewer antibiotics, these steps can ensure that our existing stock of antibiotics can continue to treat diseases, which is important, since new antibiotic drugs are only very rarely created.

Want to help stop the spread of super resistant bacteria? A career as a medical assistant may be for you. Look online to find out more about medical assistant programs and medical assistant colleges.

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