Scary Medical News

Saturday and a day of rest and relaxation…..the garden will be the spot for my day’s work……

In the past we have had several different diseases that had the potential of becoming our next world-wide pandemic….Ebola and the Bird Flu are first to come to mind.

There is a theory that our constant trips to the doctor for every little sniffle is causing problems that could be disastrous……

“Nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the US last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases have become. That’s more than health officials expected to find, and the true number is likely higher as the effort involved only certain labs in each state, per the AP. The problem mostly strikes people in hospitals and nursing homes who need IVs and other contamination-prone tubes. Some 11% of those in close contact with these patients also harbored the superbugs even though they weren’t sick—a risk for more spread. Some of the sick patients had traveled for surgery or other health care to countries where drug-resistant germs are more common, and the superbugs were discovered after they returned to the US. “Essentially, we found nightmare bacteria in your backyard,” said the CDC’s Anne Schuchat.

These verge on untreatable infections” where the only option may be supportive care—fluids and sometimes machines to maintain life to give the patient a chance to recover, Schuchat said. About 2 million Americans get infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and 23,000 die, Schuchat said. Last year, public health labs around the country were asked to watch for and quickly respond to cases of advanced antibiotic resistance, especially to some last-resort antibiotics called carbapenems. In the first nine months of the year, more than 5,770 samples were tested for these “nightmare bacteria,” as the CDC calls them, and one quarter were found to have genes that make them hard to treat and easy to share their resistance with other types of bacteria. Of these, 221 had unusual genes that conferred resistance. The cases were scattered throughout 27 states.

It is only a matter of time before we have another pandemic like that of the Spanish Flu in the early years of the 20th century… killed millions……

Time to get artistic and do something for the woman folk (that is a clever use of words)……have a day my friends.


14 thoughts on “Scary Medical News

  1. Resistance to antibiotics may well see a dramatic change to life as we know it. Too much over-prescribing has left us almost defenceless against new strains of disease.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Antibiotics, a thorn in the side of humanity. Don’t get me wrong, they do have their uses… sadly they are overused (as we know) and that’s not so good.

    Oh, and don’t forget pain medication; something else that is overused.

      1. When I had my last teeth pulled recently, I got scripts for two different pain pills. I used one pill. No, I definitely don’t abuse them.

      1. You’re welcome
        Many people find that truth is hard to swallow, but I do believe a reblog or two will spread information far and wide.

  3. Saturday also seems to be the day for cleaning up the house, if you’re my wife and are planning to rent the place out real soon. Terrible waste, will be messy again by Sunday night.

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