CDC: Superbugs an ‘Extremely Dangerous Problem’

We’ve heard the horror stories of people going into the hospitable for a relatively minor problem and coming out with an “untreatable” and potentially lethal infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the threat of superbugs and antibiotic resistance is “a quickly growing, extremely dangerous problem.” According to the news release earlier this week the threat of superbugs has escalated due to the overuse of antibiotics that “helped create bacteria that are outliving the drugs used to treat them.”

When bacterial infections are exposed to antibiotics they can learn how to outsmart them.  These resistant bacteria can multiply causing serious infections.  Once the bacteria discover how to outsmart the drug, they actually share genetic information with other bacteria to assist them in becoming antibiotic resistant as well.

The CDC cites the bacterial infection Clostridium difficile, which on its own, infects almost 250,000 people.  This infection is “usually related to antibiotic use.”  It causes severe diarrhea that can be lethal, and kills at least 14,000 people annually.  These infections and other antibiotic-resistant infections can be prevented.

Hospitals aren’t the only hot zones for drug-resistant infections.  They can occur anywhere:  from skin contact, contact in a public place, or in some cases via sexual transmission. However, most of the fatal drug-resistant bacterial infections occur in healthcare settings, hospitals, and nursing homes, according to the CDC.

Overprescription of antibiotics is one of the primary reasons we are dealing with superbugs.  This is an easy one to blame on a doctor and they are definitely to blame in part.  But part of the problem are patients who demand an antibiotic when they visit the doctor, even when they have a cold or flu—both of which are viral infections and antibiotics don’t work on them.  But the regular exposure to antibiotics has helped otherwise weak bacteria in the body become stronger.

What You Can Do:

-Stop demanding antibiotics from your doctor when you have a cold or flu.  It won’t help and will only contribute to the problem.

-Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.

-Cook meat and poultry thoroughly to kill bacteria.

-Wash all produce before consuming to prevent ingesting drug-resistant bacteria.

-If your doctor has prescribed an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, follow his or her directions.  Do not skip doses or stop taking the drug prematurely as the bacteria can actually become stronger during these times.

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lynda l4 years ago


sheila L.
sheila l4 years ago

over taking antibiotics is the problem

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

The human are taking their own lessons

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago

thanks for posting this

Kay m
Kay M4 years ago

Thank you Michelle for a very informative article about a subject that needs more coverage. I like your ideas. and I enjoyed reading the 80 comments from the care 2 members on the suject. Keep the information coming. We can only make good decisions when we have good information....period

Grace Owen
Past Member 4 years ago

thanks for posting this

Donna Ferguson
Donna F4 years ago

very serious subject! a dr told me to do my best to stay out of hospitals. a lot of great comments!

Mary L.
Mary L4 years ago

I've been reading about superbugs for years and it isn't getting better. The only way to keep them in check is to be very faithful about cleanliness.

My mom was an RN and her hands were red every day she worked. She believed that you went in a patient's room, washed up, tended the patient, washed up, did some other things, repeat until the shift was over. She got chilblains in the winter and her skin was always dry.

That's what it takes to keeps superbugs down.

Christie C.
Christie C4 years ago

Watch out for hand sanitizers infected with super bugs, ironic as that sounds.

They don't specify which skin disease infecting bacteria the health inspectors found in these products, which is even scarier..but then there are the toxic chemical ingredients that mutate aquatic life and our cells; also very scary.

Elena T.
Elena P4 years ago

Thank you :)