Who: antibiotics are becoming useless

Who: antibiotics are becoming useless

The world health organization has documented a dangerous trend: the increasing resistance of bacteria to antimicrobial agents. The result is an inability to treat many diseases.

Mutation of bacteria is out of control: previously, scientists have managed to promptly create an appropriate antimicrobial drug, but now their efforts do not bring results.

The most common resistant bacteria — Escherichia coli (E. coli), Klebsiella pneumoniae (causes pneumonia), Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus aureus), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) and Salmonella spp (Salmonella), antibiotics are no longer afraid.

Meanwhile they are the cause of meningitis, staph, pneumonia, salmonellosis, disorders of the intestine, infections of the circulatory system and other diseases.

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Increasingly, fixing the inefficiencies of traditional methods of treatment, experts from the world health organization (who) analyzed statistical data from a Global system for surveillance of antimicrobial resistance who. It takes into account information from 52 countries (the 25 high income 20 medium and 7 low). For the first report was considered by the 22 countries of all three categories.

It turned out that at least 500,000 patients worldwide are faced with antibiotic resistance. In particular, the antibiotic used in the treatment of bloodstream infection, was not effective in 82% of cases. Resistance to penicillin — a drug which for decades has been used worldwide to combat pneumonia reaches 51%. And ciprofloxacin treatment of urinary tract infections caused by E. coli, did not help in 8 to 65% of cases.

Who experts emphasize that in our days some of the most common and the most potentially dangerous infections in the world are not amenable to medical treatment.

Moreover, in rich and in poor countries the situation is almost the same: “pathogens do not recognize borders.” The who calls upon all States to establish effective surveillance systems to detect drug resistance.