Bad news for folks living that “raw lifestyle”… The clap is getting harder to kill.
Via Bloomberg reports:
More than 2 million people in the U.S. are sickened by antibiotic-resistant germs each year, and at least 23,000 die, according to the first report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank the threats.
Three bacteria, including drug-resistant gonorrhea, are classified as urgent threats with the potential to become widespread. Another 11 bacteria and a fungus are referred to as serious perils by the CDC report.
Bacterial resistance was identified shortly after antibiotics were first used in the 1940s, said Steve Solomon, acting director for the epidemiology and analysis program office at the Atlanta-based CDC. In the past, there were always more antibiotics in development. Now, the antibiotic pipeline has largely dried up, leaving doctors without new weapons against the illnesses — a “nightmare,” Solomon said.
“The cushion of new antibiotics is gone,” Solomon, a report author, said by telephone. “We’re right at the edge of this cliff where we’re approaching the post-antibiotic era.”
The three most serious threats are C. difficile, which causes life-threatening diarrhea, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, which includes E.coli and affects mostly people in health-care settings, and gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection, according to the report.
These three bacteria have the biggest clinical and economic impact, and the greatest current and projected incidence, according to the report. They are also among the easiest to transmit and have few treatment options. C. difficile alone causes 250,000 infections and 14,000 deaths at a cost of $1 billion each year, according to the report.
This is really scary… Be careful out there y’all. Life is too precious to be taking chances.