Drug-Resistant Superbug Spreads To 42 States
Thanks to the latest crisis, the Center for Disease Control is rebranding drug-resistant afflictions “nightmare bacteria.” Because “superbug” doesn’t strike enough fear into the hearts of people, apparently.
What if they called it “zombie, killer bacteria”? Would that make you more afraid? “Killer Gonorrhea”? Ah, you are paying attention now, aren’t you?
According to the CDC, a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea was recently introduced to the United States. “If nothing is done,” PBS reports, “CDC officials warn that a ‘post-antibiotic era’ may be around the corner — an era in which diseases commonly cured today with a few pills could once again run rampant. And it may be closer than most people realize.”
These superbugs — correction: these nightmare bacteria kill about half the people they attack and have appeared in 42 states. While most of these nightmare bacteria are found only in hospitals, gonorrhea is on the loose. Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the CDC told the Newshour:
“Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea is a major concern and it is indeed not one confined to health care facilities. It’s out in the community. And it can be spread fairly readily. The challenge that we face is that we are running out of the first-line treatment options that we like to use.”
So, what’s the CDC’s plan of attack against the nightmare bacteria? Well, first they are monitoring the superbugs; then they are isolating the cases; finally, they are working with healthcare providers to reduce the usage of antibiotics, which is a contributing factor to the mutating superbugs.
How are other researchers responding to this health crisis? Well, they are making more antibiotics.
That sound you just heard was the sound of irony hitting your face.
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