Antibiotic-resistant superbugs can cause deadly infections in the body! They are not controlled or killed by antibiotics, and superbugs are able to survive and even multiply in the presence of strong antibiotics. According to a CDC report, more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result. This makes the death toll from superbugs to be about one case every fifteen minutes! Maintaining a strong healthy immune system may prevent an untimely death from a deadly superbug.
The CDC estimates that about a third of antibiotic prescriptions in emergency rooms and doctors’ offices were given for infections that didn’t need them. That’s 47 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions each year. In addition, there are millions of unnecessary antibiotics given before dental work, surgeries, giving birth, etc. The outrageous number of unnecessary antibiotics has created these bacterial superbugs.
Antibiotic resistance also increases when antibiotics are overused in animals. They can be overused to treat infections in animals, just as they’re overused to treat human infections. In fact, 20% of all drug-resistant infections come from the food we eat, according to the CDC.
In 2017, 223,900 cases of C. diff occurred in the U.S. and at least 12,800 people died. C. diff causes life-threatening diarrhea and colitis (inflammation of the colon). This bacterial infection occurs mostly in people after recent medical care and antibiotics.
According to the CDC, a C. diff infection is usually a side effect of taking antibiotics, which along with killing bad bacteria, can also kill the good bacteria that help fight infections. People taking antibiotics are 7 to 10 times more likely to get C. diff while on an antibiotic and during the month after.
Some Enterobacteria (a family of germs) are resistant to nearly all antibiotics. Examples of germs in the Enterobacteria family include Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Klebsiella pneumoniae. In 2017, over 13,100 cases of CRE occured in the U.S. and at least 1,100 died.
E. coli and other Enterobacteria cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, malaise, loss of appetite, and dehydration. Symptoms usually last five to ten days if the immune system is strong enough to recover from the severe symptoms. The weak and elderly are the most prone to succumbing to these antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. The most common species of Candida is Candida albicans. Candida normally lives on the skin and inside the body, in places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing any major problems. But, Candida can cause severe infection if it grows out of control or if it enters deep into the body (for example, the bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or brain).
Some types of Candida are resistant to the antifungals used to treat them. Candida overgrowth commonly occurs after using an antibiotic. In 2017, over 34,800 cases of Candidiasis were reported in the U.S. and at least 1,700 died.
Campylobacter usually causes diarrhea (often bloody), fever, and abdominal cramps, and can spread from animals to people through contaminated food, especially raw or undercooked chicken. The diarrhea may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually start within a couple of days after exposure and last bout a week. People with suppressed immune systems (like AIDS) are at high risk if this infection spreads to the bloodstream and causes a life-threatening infection. In 2017, over 448,400 cases of Campylobacter were reported in the U.S. and at least 70 died.
The List Continues (2017 statistics)
ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae – Over 197,400 cases, at least 197,400 died.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – Over 323,700 cases, at least 10,600 died.
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) – Over 54,500 cases, at least 5,400 died.
Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) – Over 900,000 cases, at least 3,600 died.
Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) – Over 32,600 cases, at least 2,700 died.
Clindamycin-resistant Group B Streptococcus – Over 13,000 cases, at least 720 died.
Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter – Over 8,500 cases, at least 700 died.
Erythromycin-resistant Group A Streptococcus – Over 5,400 cases, at least 450 died.
Drug-resistant nontyphoidal Salmonella – Over 212,500 cases, at least 70 died.
Drug-resistant Tuberculosis – Over 847 cases, at least 62 died.
Drug-resistant Shigella – Over 77,000 cases, at least 5 died.
Drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae (N. gonorrhoeae) – Over 550,000 cases.
Drug-resistant Candida auris (C. auris) – Over 323 cases.
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