Consumer Reports has reported on the risks associated with what we now call ‘superbugs,’ the antibiotic-resistant bugs that have spreading like wildfire.
Incidents associated with these superbugs have been on the news lately. Ever since the CRE superbug infections caused patients in Seattle and Los Angeles to die, more and more reporters began covering the personal stories of dozens of patients fighting neglectful duodenoscope makers. But what should common people like you and me do to stay safe?
Knowing how superbugs can spread is the first step.
Superbug victims like the 56-year-old New Yorker who died as a result of her infection are vulnerable because of prescriptions. According to Consumer Reports, the teacher from Brooklyn, New York suffered a deadly infection after she started taking antibiotics prescribed by her dentist. Because the antibiotics wiped out most of her natural stomach bacteria, harmful bacteria made its way into her berry. The intestinal infection she then suffered led her to the hospital where an emergency surgery took place. Despite her doctor’s efforts, she unfortunately passed away.
But hers is not a unique story.
Since the beginning of antibiotic use, millions of lives have been saved. But things are different from how they used to be 75 years ago. Now that doctors, farmers, and even dentists are overusing antibiotics, bugs are becoming resistant. As a result, patients and consumers are falling ill—and dying as a result.
How long will regulators, medical professionals, and food industry leaders remain silent?
Each year, 2.25 million people fall ill due to superbug infections annually. This issue also causes 37,000 deaths annually as well. Some of the most popular superbugs such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) kill 23,000 people in the country each year. Over 2 million people are infected each year.
Before it gets worse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, people must be educated.
For the Consumer Reports post, click here. Our infographic below can give you a better idea of how superbugs are spreading.