Superbugs Kill 23,000 A Year: Where Is the Multi-Billion Crash Program To Find a Cure?

Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ emerges in Ohio – FierceBiotech Research

As resistance to many currently available antibiotics grows, health officials have been on high alert to bacteria that are rapidly adapting and becoming so-called superbugs.

Scientists have discovered one such pathogen, called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in patient samples in Ohio, underscoring the need for better surveillance and monitoring of drug-resistant bugs.

The research, published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, found the highly antibiotic-resistant infection in 7 patients connected to a community hospital and a long-term care facility in northeastern Ohio between 2012 and 2013.

Superbugs cause infections in more than 2 million people and about 23,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these infections–including E. coli, salmonella, Shigella and C. difficile–are acquired in healthcare settings, such as hospitals or nursing homes.

23,000 deaths a year, but there is no call to spend billions in a crash program to find a solution.  On the other hand, we have to spend billions on a crash program to house illegal aliens, in order to prevent a relative handful of deaths.


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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Superbugs Kill 23,000 A Year: Where Is the Multi-Billion Crash Program To Find a Cure? — 4 Comments

  1. Ten times that many die in US hospitals each year due to preventable mistakes.

    Not saying you’re wrong here, and the resistant germs are potentially a very serious threat to modern medicine — as pointed out repeatedly on these very pages.

    Money is likely to be a sticking point in attacking the problem, but I suggest the “ounce of prevention” approach. Take the money currently spent on catering to illegals and redirect it as bounties. For, say, $1000 per head for an illegal alien, I’m sure the main source of hard-to-treat diseases will be nipped in the bud. Important: make the bounty hunters responsible for burning the bodies after they remove the heads. The whole purpose is to contain the diseases.

    Worldwide, I’m sure that misuse of antibiotics is a major cause of the problem. The US should not only stop making antibiotics and other medical care available to the backward part of the world, we should actively prevent modern medicine from getting to them. Shoot every member of Doctors Without Borders, and bomb every pharma company in Africa, Asia, and South America. This is a better use of the US military than stupid “democracy building” circle jerks. This approach will also reduce world population, which should make the Greens happy, and most of the people dying will be non-white, which will make the KKK happy. Everyone wins.

  2. What else can be expected? Doctors over-prescribe antibiotics, farmers prophalacticly use them on their livestock, they are in our water and food. We are selecting for resistant bacteria. Evolution in action!

    And, of course, the major nexus for infection will be the hospitals.

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