In today’s scenario, organisms are evolving every day along with advancements in science and technology. This evolution has lead to a situation where organisms have the ability to resist drugs used to kill them once. This has gone a step further to a stage where a single organism can resist multiple drugs, thus called superbugs.
Every 15 minutes someone in the US dies due to drug-resistant superbugs. There are 35,000 deaths each year. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance says that superbugs could kill 10 million people a year by 2050.
The CDC on Wednesday issued a report warning about the latest threat to emerging superbugs. These superbugs pose a serious threat as it becomes increasingly difficult to treat these organisms. in reference to this the report says that nearly 3 million people affected in which 35,000 of them die. This raises concerns over the emerging trend of superbugs and the immediate need to control them.
The CDC also issued a similar report on 2013 classifying organisms according to their threat level. This issue in 2019 has new additions to the list of organisms that pose a threat. Some of them include Candida auris, VRSA (Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Drug-resistant Gonorrhoea, etc. Therefore, it becomes evident that newer organisms are evolving with us daily. With running short of antibiotics to fight these superbugs it is high time we find new strategies to tackle these problems. Thus, creating a problem-prone free environment for mankind to exist.
With this alarming situation in hand, time for acting in every possible way can help us save mankind. The health of animals, humans, and the environment together form the basis of the one health approach. This one health approach against superbugs may be a possible keyhole. In this, the animal health approach is often underestimated, with the invariable use of antibiotics in food animals in developing countries. Therefore, it is not only always the human side that should be in focus.
This multifactorial towards antibiotic resistance can pave ways to prevent resistance in a noble way. In addition, CDC recommends prevention protocols in day to day life basis from breathing fresh air, drinking germ-free water to efficient vaccination. This would readily help us to prevent the use of antibiotics for day to day infections.
Lastly, one should also note that it is not only the work of health community professionals to tackle this issue. It is in the hands of every human to raise and create awareness against the invariable use of antibiotics. Therefore, we fight a war against these monsters which we can win.
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