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Antibiotic Resistance, Cause for Much Concern

In 2 articles presented within the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes disturbing news of strains from the dangerous Staphylococcus aureus bacteria now immune to the antibiotics employed to kill them. In 2 cases in the United States strains of the bacteria happen to be identified that will no longer react to antibiotic treatment. It's reported that the "General overuse of antibiotics has allowed S. aureus to produce mutations making it immune to a number of these drugs.

In a related study at the University of Washington, Seattle, over 4000 females were tested for that prevalence and trends of antibiotic resistant bacteria. The outcomes showed a far more than 20% resistance against several antibiotics for E. coli and many other bacteria. When some of the bacteria were tested from 1992 to 1996 it had been noted the rate of resistance to one of the most widely used antibiotic doubled over that time period. Resistance to less widely used antibiotics didn't change as dramatically. This suggests, as was reported in the JAMA article, that bacteria will end up resistant more readily to regularly used antibiotics. This trend continues to limit antibiotic selections for fighting infections. In a growing number of instances, patients with certain infections happen to be confronted with a realistic look at having no antibiotics effective within the treating their infections.

Dr. Francis Waldvogel of the University Hospital in Geneva Switzerland noted that with "each new antibiotic that is introduced, several escape mechanisms are soon devised." He concluded we will, "need the strategic powers of a Julius Caesar to conduct a major war against the misuse of antibiotics."

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