Antibiotic resistant superbugs ‘a global crisis’

The discovery of antibiotics had a huge impact on treating infections. They have saved many lives and contributed significantly to increased life expectancy.

But increased resistance to antibiotics, in part caused by overuse and misuse, has resulted in the growth of resistant ‘superbugs’. If solutions can’t be found a UN committee report warns that up to 10 million people may die annually by 2030 as a result of drug-resistant diseases – more than the combined deaths from all cancers.

Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance report to the Secretary-general of the United Nations:


NO TIME TO WAIT:
SECURING THE FUTURE FROM DRUG-RESISTANT INFECTIONS
April 2019

KEY MESSAGES IN THIS REPORT

Antimicrobial resistance is a global crisis that threatens a century of progress in health and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Antimicrobial (including antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and antiprotozoal) agents are critical tools for fighting diseases in humans, terrestrial and aquatic animals and plants, but they are becoming ineffective.
  • Alarming levels of resistance have been reported in countries of all income levels, with the result that common diseases are becoming untreatable, and lifesaving medical procedures riskier to perform.
  • Antimicrobial resistance poses a formidable challenge to achieving Universal Health Coverage and threatens progress against many of the Sustainable Development Goals, including in health, food security, clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption and production, and poverty and inequality.
  • Misuse and overuse of existing antimicrobials in humans, animals and plants are accelerating the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Inadequate access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities, farms, schools, households and community settings; poor infection and disease prevention; lack of equitable access to affordable and quality-assured antimicrobials, vaccines and diagnostics; and weak health, food and feed production, food safety and waste management systems are increasing the burden of infectious disease in animals and humans and contributing to the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens.

There is no time to wait. Unless the world acts urgently, antimicrobial resistance will have disastrous impact within a generation.

  • Drug-resistant diseases already cause at least 700,000 deaths globally a year, including 230,000 deaths from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a figure that could increase to 10 million deaths globally per year by 2050 under the most alarming scenario if no action is taken. Around 2.4 million people could die in highincome countries between 2015 and 2050 without a sustained effort to contain antimicrobial resistance.
  • The economic damage of uncontrolled antimicrobial resistance could be comparable to the shocks experienced during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis as a result of dramatically increased health care expenditures; impact on food and feed production, trade and livelihoods; and increased poverty and inequality.
  • In higher-income countries, a package of simple interventions to address antimicrobial resistance could pay for itself due to costs averted. In lower income countries, additional but still relatively modest investments are urgently needed.
  • If investments and action are further delayed, the world will have to pay far more in the future to cope with the disastrous impact of uncontrolled antimicrobial resistance.

https://www.who.int/antimicrobial-resistance/interagency-coordination-group/IACG_final_report_EN.pdf


Perhaps arms and war budgets should be redirected to dealing with this. Ten million deaths a year is a far bigger death rate than either of the World Wars.

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19 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  30th April 2019

    Anti biotics and pain killers…that is basically the health system.

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  2. Corky

     /  30th April 2019

    1- Collidal Silver@20ppm.
    2- Vitamin C therapy.
    3-Silver ion exchange therapy.
    4-Rife Machine and similar electrical zapping of microbes.

    The article headline should be changed from:

    ”Antibiotic resistant superbugs ‘a global crisis’”

    To:

    Antibiotic resistant superbugs ‘a global crisis for those who haven’t researched alternatives.

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    • Griff.

       /  30th April 2019

      Alt med Moonbat.

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      • Corky

         /  30th April 2019

        Two studies underway on VC at the moment in New Zealnd. Not that they are needed with many studies carried out before. Many people going to clinics in Auckland to receive VC therapy.

        You are a fruit loop who wouldn’t have a clue what’s happening around him. Meanwhile progressive people have moved on. Good luck to you and your loved ones if antibiotic become ineffective.

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          • Griff.

             /  30th April 2019

            Hello licky.
            You had.
            1- Collidal Silver@20ppm.
            2- Vitamin C therapy.Could have some effect still being researched.
            3-Silver ion exchange therapy .
            4-Rife Machine and similar electrical zapping of microbes.

            Three out of four are alt med idiocy so far out on the loony fringe only a halfwit would be sucked in by it.
            The fourth Vitamin C therapy is not going to make up for antibiotics or vaccination for life threatening disorders.

            Pigeon chess mate ignore all you dribbling and defend the one small bit that makes a small amount of sense .

            I hope you get cancer so you can keep us informed about how well your alt med nonsense works .
            In the short time before your inevitable death .

            Alt med snakeoil kills far too many because loonytunes like you promote such rubbish on the internet.

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            • Corky

               /  30th April 2019

              ”I hope you get cancer so you can keep us informed about how well your alt med nonsense works.”

              Nasty nut.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  30th April 2019

              Griff, take that hope back; it’s bad kharma. Corky is obnoxious, but don’t wish cancer on anyone.

              Three of the four have been totally debunked, of course. Vitamin C is still unproved.

  3. NOEL

     /  30th April 2019

    Was a time when you were given what are now high risk antibiotics unnecessarily for the simplest injury.
    .I was surprised when an American member of our tour group offered them for a small graze.
    Message aint getting through.

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    • Corky

       /  30th April 2019

      Americans are addicted to antibiotics. I witnessed the panic and arrogance an American cruise ship tourist had when he lost his antibiotics. I was at the dentist at the time and he was demanding a script before he re boarded.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th April 2019

        That seems an odd place to go. A doctor would be better. Most people would go to a doctor rather than a dentist, surely. To barge into a dentist’s surgery is slightly bizarre.

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        • NOEL

           /  30th April 2019

          Probably been to a Pharmacy first and was told he needed a script so you could be assessed if they were really necessary. Many Americans cross into Mexico where they can buy over the counter any drugs, many that are prescription only here.

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          • Corky

             /  30th April 2019

            He had had antibiotics for an abscessed tooth that had been removed in Australia. My guess is he would have tried his luck at one of our drug stores.
            Sometimes things aren’t bizarre when you have the facts.. and aren’t trying to score points.

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            • The antibiotics are given a week BEFORE the tooth is treated. I had forgotten that; the dentist won’t do anything until the infection etc have died down.

              Cruise ships have doctors, nurses and pharmacies on them. The idea that someone would waste their time in a new place trying to get medicine that they could have got on the ship is indeed bizarre.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  30th April 2019

            As the usual length of a course of antibiotics for things like this is a week,* and it takes longer than that to sail to Napier (where this was said to have happened) the patient would have finished his course of them before he got here.

            * I had an infected tooth a few months ago and it wasn’t the first time; I always put off visiting the dentist. The antibiotics are always a seven day course.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  30th April 2019

      Noel, antibacterial soaps, handwash and wipes are still being sold to people who haven’t got the message that ordinary ones work just as well and aren’t a danger.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th April 2019

        We don’t have drug stores, we have pharmacies. Drugstores are American.

        There’d be little point in asking a chemist for antibiotics. Didn’t the dentist ask him to wait until he’d finished your teeth ? He’d surely need to examine him before he handed over a prescription.

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  4. harryk

     /  30th April 2019

    ‘Perhaps arms and war budgets should be redirected to dealing with this’

    Some of it anyway. Very personal issue for me, and for Kiwis who serve their country overseas. Before anti malarial antibiotics I once had to rig up my own drip in the field. Having been given Doxycycline for a very long time, starting in the 90s, and having taken it without a break for a long time left me with health problems. Still, I regard myself lucky compared to colleagues who were given Mephloquine, I dodged a round there. If there had been an antibiotic to prevent or treat dengue I would have taken that too – I’ve had Dengue twice. The locals eat Papaya flowers and leaves as a vegetable, as do I, but it doesn’t stop them contracting either Malaria or Dengue.

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  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  30th April 2019

    The people who insist upon using antibiotics (not that doctors dish them out ad lib now) and antibacterial things are pigheadedly endangering people like you.

    Reply

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