Although many diseases are treated with the help of antibiotics, recent research suggests that more bacteria become resistant to this type of treatment.
Vaccines and antibiotics which eradicated incurable diseases decades ago might represent the main factor influencing the development of superbugs or antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The statistics have shown that antibiotics reduced the mortality rate and prevalence of many infectious diseases.
One such example would be smallpox which was considered to be incurable in the twentieth century. Public health officials, scientists, and physicians are concerned about the fact that antibiotic resistance has become widely spread across the world.
ABR occurs when bacteria become resistant to certain antibiotics, and they are known as superbugs. When several types of medications become ineffective, the infection spreads in the patient’s body.
The data collected by the World Health Organization reveals that antimicrobial resistance increased in every major area of the world. This problem was caused by the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and hospitals.
In other words, the more we rely on antibiotics, the more we facilitate the proliferation of superbugs. Based on the CDC reports, over two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year, whereas 23,000 of these people die.
Experts underline that ABR is a threat which requires more attention than diseases such as Ebola and Zika. They believe that in a few decades from now, the ABR prevalence and mortality rate will be much higher.
That is why scientists say that their top priority should be dealing with this problem instead of focusing so much on other conditions. Some specialists stress that if ABR is not eradicated, people will end up dying from simple infections because the current antibiotics will prove to be ineffective.
One viable solution to deal with ABR is to prevent infections. Doctors believe that by preventing infections, people will no longer need antibiotics. This means that there will be a lower risk of ABR development.
In addition to this, the best DIY vaccine is hand washing. Previous studies have shown that most people don’t wash their hands properly. Also, another excellent prevention method are vaccines. Last but not least, people can prevent any food-born illness by thoroughly cooking food.
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