Bacteria are becoming resistantPosted: April 26, 2011
Bacteria strike back
It starts gradually getting ‘critical’ according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More and more bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, which makes certain infections hard to beat. Especially when a “super-bacteria” is spreading. Currently, 25,000 people in Europe die each year from infections that can’t even be treated with the newest antibiotics. If nothing changes a ‘nightmare scenario’ will become reality, where untreatable infections will spread worldwide, according to the WTO.
This week, the NDM-1 super bacteria was found in some patients in England. The bacteria comes from New Delhi in India and causes nasty infections that can’t even be treated with the strongest antibiotics. Researchers at Cardiff University fear that the bacteria has contaminated the drinking water in New Delhi and therefore forms a threat to millions of people. Measurements were taken from the water and in a number of samples, the bacteria was found. This bacteria spreads diseases like diarrhea, cholera and dysentery faster, especially in a country like India, where 650 million people lack access to clean water or proper sanitary facilities. The researchers urge the world to take action and do more research. By finding the bacterium in England it shows that bacteria are rapidly spreading around the globe.
Source: http://www.volkskrant.nl, April 7, 2011