Sunday, 6 December 2015

Superbug resistant to ALL antibiotics reaches Europe

Our worst nightmares may be coming true with the insidious spread of superbugs across the globe. The term 'superbugs' refers to  bacteria and harmful organisms that are resistant to antibiotics.

Just a few weeks back, Chinese scientists discovered that superbugs had breached the last line of antibiotic defences (Polymyxins) for the first time ever.

And yesterday, scientists announced that a patient in Denmark had become infected with an untreatable form of Salmonella.They also discovered untreatable bacteria in five samples of chicken imported from China via Germany.

Experts fear it is the start of a global epidemic of untreatable infections.

With the new case in Denmark, the Chinese team's warning that the hyper-resistant bugs were likely to spread fast  has been proven true-- experts said the speed at which the superbugs had travelled to Europe was extremely serious.

These superbugs are resistant to Polymyxins (Colistin) - a drug classed as ‘critical’ to human medicine - because it was the only antibiotic to work after all others had failed.

Leading British expert Professor Mark Enright, a microbiologist at Manchester Metropolitan University, said that patients infected with such superbugs would have very few treatment options.

He said the only option would be to treat them with two or three extremely powerful antibiotics at the same time – in the hope that something works – but said there was no guarantee it would be effective.

Let's just hope and pray these bugs never get to Nigeria.

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