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Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought

By Dan Whitcomb

 

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FILE PHOTO: Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attends an event announcing opioid response grants to state governments in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, as so-called "superbugs" alarm experts with their rate of growth and spread.

 

Issuing its first comprehensive report into the growing health threat in six years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had determined that 2.8 million antibiotic resistant infections occur each year, killing 35,000 people.

 

A 2013 CDC study estimated that 2 million Americans were infected by superbugs each year, leading to at least 23,000 deaths."The 2013 report propelled the nation toward critical action and investments against antibiotic resistance. Today's report demonstrates notable progress, yet the threat is still real," Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC's director, said in a statement.

 

Global health officials have repeatedly warned about the rise of bacteria and other microbes that are resistant to most available drugs, raising the specter of untreatable infectious diseases that could spread rapidly.

 

Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive by finding new ways to beat the medicines.

 

The CDC said that 2019's higher numbers were the result of new and better data sources, not a rise in fatalities, and that in fact prevention efforts had decreased deaths from the hard-to-kill germs by 18%.

 

A spokeswoman for the nonprofit National Resources Defense Council, however, called even the CDC's new estimate far too low, saying that a recent Washington University study put the death toll at more than 160,000.

 

"There is no doubt that drug-resistant infections are on the rise. While CDC's estimates have improved, they remain conservative," said Avinash Kar, a senior NRDC attorney.

 

"Solving antibiotic resistance will require ending the rampant overuse of these drugs in livestock. Until then, these lifesaving drugs will increasingly fail when sick people need them—and, as CDC recognized, 'everyone is at risk,'" Kar said.

 

The NRDC said nearly two-thirds of antibiotics important for human medicine are sold for use in livestock, distributed en masse in feed or water, often to animals that are not sick.

 

The CDC said the antibiotic resistance "threat list" now contained 18 germs, including two more that were considered urgent: drug-resistant Candida auris and carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter.

 

Three urgent threats were identified in the 2013 report: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Clostridioides difficile.

 

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Culver City, California; Editing by Richard Chang)

 

 

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I cant remember the last time I took an antibiotic , it would be a very long time ago and is something I prefer not to take .

 

The problem here is if you go see a doctor they will give you pills in a plastic bag with no name on it so I ask for the name to be written in English (which they don't like) so I can look them up on google when I get home just to ease my mind on exactly what they are .

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17 minutes ago, keith101 said:

I cant remember the last time I took an antibiotic , it would be a very long time ago and is something I prefer not to take .

 

The problem here is if you go see a doctor they will give you pills in a plastic bag with no name on it so I ask for the name to be written in English (which they don't like) so I can look them up on google when I get home just to ease my mind on exactly what they are .

Your phone can translate the Thai using Google translate and selecting 'camera'.

Very easy to do.

 

I've had about 4 courses of antibiotics this year, would have probably died 3x if I hadn't taken them.

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The NRDC said nearly two-thirds of antibiotics important for human medicine are sold for use in livestock, distributed en masse in feed or water, often to animals that are not sick.

 

It is a truism that the aptly named American SAD diet is NOT a healthy regime. One of the main causes of serious diseases is that meat and dairy products could (and do) ALSO contain residues of hormones and pesticides, which are digested by the fast food population. Hence producing toxic results that antibiotics cannot control or eliminate.  All western societies are prone to contracting these diseases.

 

 

 

 

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So I person dies in 10,000....I'll take my chances with that and I'll take antibiotics whenever I think I need them. The resistance problem is actually caused by massively excessive use as growth promoters in agriculture. 

 

I usually take a broad spectrum agent for routine use and add dicloxacillin if it is a skin infection, or metronidazole if it's an abscess with pus and the infection might be anaerobic.

I don't bother with the doctors here....they just give out amoxycillin which is only effective when you have a self limiting viral infection ie the infection is not caused by a bacterium and will get better by itself. 

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6 hours ago, stephenterry said:

The NRDC said nearly two-thirds of antibiotics important for human medicine are sold for use in livestock, distributed en masse in feed or water, often to animals that are not sick.

 

It is a truism that the aptly named American SAD diet is NOT a healthy regime. One of the main causes of serious diseases is that meat and dairy products could (and do) ALSO contain residues of hormones and pesticides, which are digested by the fast food population. Hence producing toxic results that antibiotics cannot control or eliminate.  All western societies are prone to contracting these diseases.

 

 

 

 

 

likely higher % antibiotics fed to livestock in thailand due to lack of meaningful controls

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7 hours ago, BritManToo said:

I've had about 4 courses of antibiotics this year, would have probably died 3x if I hadn't taken them.

The miraculous age of antibiotics is coming to a close. And the ending condition is worse than the start. Future generations will gaze in wonder how we screwed it all up.

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38 minutes ago, atyclb said:

 

likely higher % antibiotics fed to livestock in thailand due to lack of meaningful controls

Every time someone here sneezes they start stuffing antibiotics down their neck.

Wasn't there a story about the girl from Nana Plaza who reckoned she was safe from Aids because she poured Listerene in the bath water because Aids is a germ and Listerene kills germs????

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7 hours ago, keith101 said:

I cant remember the last time I took an antibiotic , it would be a very long time ago and is something I prefer not to take .

 

The problem here is if you go see a doctor they will give you pills in a plastic bag with no name on it so I ask for the name to be written in English (which they don't like) so I can look them up on google when I get home just to ease my mind on exactly what they are .

It's in your food. The biggest use of antibiotic is for the agroindustry. It's cheaper to give antibiotic preventively than only when needed.

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Big Pharma business, they mass inject vaccine and antibiotics to everybody,  but its a war without an end or  whatever to be wins, bacteria and virus keep developing, superbugs and so on.
 

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36 minutes ago, NotYourBusiness said:

The miraculous age of antibiotics is coming to a close. And the ending condition is worse than the start. Future generations will gaze in wonder how we screwed it all up.

I'm calling BS on this, along with sea level rises, food shortages, plastic bags, and all the other end of the world scare nonsense.

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7 hours ago, stephenterry said:

The NRDC said nearly two-thirds of antibiotics important for human medicine are sold for use in livestock, distributed en masse in feed or water, often to animals that are not sick.

 

It is a truism that the aptly named American SAD diet is NOT a healthy regime. One of the main causes of serious diseases is that meat and dairy products could (and do) ALSO contain residues of hormones and pesticides, which are digested by the fast food population. Hence producing toxic results that antibiotics cannot control or eliminate.  All western societies are prone to contracting these diseases.

 

 

 

 

Totally agree which is why I only eat Whole Food Plant-based for the last 3 years. I have a long list of health improvements due to giving up animal protein. Check out Dr. John Mcdougal or Dr. Colin Campbell. Both nutrition doctors for 50 + years and have great websites in aiding the diet.

 

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28 minutes ago, Tayaout said:

It's in your food. The biggest use of antibiotic is for the agroindustry. It's cheaper to give antibiotic preventively than only when needed.

I needed anti-biotics recently for a bladder infection and enlarged prostrate.  thankful for them. 

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the rise of bacteria and other microbes that are resistant to most available drugs, raising the specter of untreatable infectious diseases that could spread rapidly.

 

Bad news for us, but good news for the globalist elite whose "sustainable development" plan - being rolled out globally via the UN's Agenda 21/Agenda 30 programmes - relies heavily on decimating the human population. 

 

The way things are shaping up, the UK's prol-loathing Prince Phillip may not have to bother coming back as a plague virus after all. It seems antibiotic-resistant bacteria may beat him to it.

 

Wonder if he's had his 'flu jab?

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