People all over the world are getting sick—again. There are high instances of several infectious diseases from the common cold (which really isn't so "common") to RSV and all kinds of other illnesses.
According to a recent article on SciTechDaily, Austrialian scientists have discovered a new form of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
What is antimicrobial resistance?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antimicrobial resistance "occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.
"As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat."
AMR is expected to claim 10 million lives earch year by 2050, according to the SciTechDaily report.
A research team led by Dr. Timothy Barnett, Head of the Strep A Pathogenesis and Diagnostics team at the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, based at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia, "revealed a new mechanism that enables bacteria to take up nutrients from their human host and bypass antibiotic treatment."
In other words, the bacteria are able to live on their human host (you, me, us) and won't be detered or killed by antibiotics. They will continue to grow on their host. These infections can be nearly impossible to treat.
The article went on to state that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that "antimicrobial resistance is an urgent global public health threat, killing at least 1.27 million people worldwide and associated with nearly 5 million deaths in 2019. More than 2.8 million antimicrobial-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year."
Dr. Barnett's research showed that bacteria were able to take folates directly from its human host when blocked from producing their own basically rendering antibiotics useless to fight the bacteria.
“'Bacteria need to make their own folates to grow and, in turn, cause disease. Some antibiotics work by blocking this folate production to stop bacteria growing and treat the infection,' Dr. Barnett explained."
The results? Dr. Barnett's work shows that it could become "very hard for clinicians to prescribe antibiotics that will effectively treat the infection, potentially leading to very poor outcomes and even premature death."
Even though the findings related to Group A Strep, Barnett research highlights that this is likely a broader issue across other bacterial pathogens.
“'AMR is a silent pandemic of much greater risk to society than COVID-19 – in addition to 10 million deaths per year by 2050, WHO estimates AMR will cost the global economy $100 trillion if we can’t find a way to combat antibiotic failure,' Barnett said."
“'Without antibiotics, we face a world where there will be no way to stop deadly infections, cancer patients won’t be able to have chemotherapy and people won’t have access to have life-saving surgeries.
“'In order to preserve the long-term efficacy of antibiotics, we need to further identify and understand new mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, which will aid in the discovery of new antibiotics and allow us to monitor AMR as it arises,'” according to the SciTechDaily article.
How can we fight this nearly undetectable threat?
We are not without options and antibiotics are not the only answer. Mybe not even the best answer. We have overused antibiotics for years and now we are paying the price as a society.
However, LastGerm's 2-step process is ideal for dealing with bacteria and other disease-causing pathogens.
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I don't know of any antibiotics that can make this kind of claim! But this is proven protection from a lot of nasty stuff!
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