Experts Warn of Antibiotics ‘Crisis’

Fears of a 'superbug'

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Antibiotics, the wonder drug of the 20th century, may become irrelevant in the very near future as so-called superbugs develop immunity to medication, a top medical journal warned Monday.

“The antibiotic soup that now permeates health-care facilities, farms, and our bodies, has exerted a selection pressure on pathogens and commensal organisms alike, and resistance has proliferated and spread such that many bacteria can withstand almost all drugs,” the Lancet said in an editorial. The warning comes at the beginning of Antibiotics Awareness Week.

The Lancet warns that overuse of antibiotics may lead to a superbug epidemic much sooner than is commonly thought.

“A crisis looms,” the editors write. “In the very near and rapidly approaching future, the wonder-drugs of the 20th century, antibiotics, may cease to be useful.”

5 comments
jenrjuarez
jenrjuarez

Wow people.  First of all, people don't become immune to antibiotics, bacteria become resistant.  Secondly, we have no other defense against many bacterial pathogens other than antibiotics - which are becoming obsolete because resistance to antibiotics is spreading throughout bacterial species.  Therefore, this is a problem, and yes, you should be worried.

Janette
Janette

Really. What not a surprise.

Concerned100
Concerned100

Antibiotics have been abused and flushed into our water system for decades. Most people are now immune. 

Is it a crisis? No.

There have been so many advances in medical science recently. We now have better ways of dealing with problems once treated by antibiotics.

It is time to move on.

Don't let the media panic you. It is what they do to sell news.

sixtymile
sixtymile

Another impending slow-moving crisis... sort of like global climate-change, sort related to global population-growth.

Hermione
Hermione

Does this come as any surprise?

The overuse of antibiotics is BIG business, and now a lot of innocent people will suffer the consequences.