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    Default 'Antibiotic Apocalypse': Doctors Sound Alarm Over Drug Resistance

    Robin McKie
    8 October 201

    The terrifying prospect that even routine operations will be impossible to perform has been raised by experts alarmed by the rise of drug-resistant genes

    Scientists attending a recent meeting of the American Society for Microbiology reported they had uncovered a highly disturbing trend. They revealed that bacteria containing a gene known as mcr-1 – which confers resistance to the antibiotic colistin – had spread round the world at an alarming rate since its original discovery 18 months earlier. In one area of China, it was found that 25% of hospital patients now carried the gene.
    Colistin is known as the “antibiotic of last resort”. In many parts of the world doctors have turned to its use because patients were no longer responding to any other antimicrobial agent. Now resistance to its use is spreading across the globe.

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    Default Re: 'Antibiotic Apocalypse': Doctors Sound Alarm Over Drug Resistance

    The medical community has been ringing this "alarm bell" for a decade. Time to step up their efforts!! Pre-antibiotic medicine, like serum therapy (a serum that acts like a dragnet for your immune system) and bacteriophages (viruses that attack bacteria), is getting lots of attention. Read more about serum therapy & bacteriophages here:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/ma...esistance.html

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    Default Re: 'Antibiotic Apocalypse': Doctors Sound Alarm Over Drug Resistance

    I saw a snippet from a TV programme many years ago where a small Russian shop (a pharmacy?) was closing down. It sold bacteriophages OTC, and. I remember thinking then that we were losing something important if we didn't follow this up.

    It's possible I got this slightly wrong, and the shop was selling off the phages to make way for more modern antibiotics - it was quite a while ago!

    Thanks for the interesting article Mr Wiz. I've never heard of serum therapy.
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    Default Re: 'Antibiotic Apocalypse': Doctors Sound Alarm Over Drug Resistance

    Given industrial agriculture's massive overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, resistance was inevitable. It was just a matter of time. We have been instantly shuttled back to the Middle Ages, when a tiny cut from sharpening your scythe could kill you. Welcome to post-industrial America.
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    @Islander: You are so right....I believe the lions share of antibiotics use is for industrial live stock vs. humans. It was bound to catch up with us.

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    Yes. Regrettably. And even now, with the situation clearly apparent and human life at stake, Big Ag will still not discontinue the practice. From my perspective, it's increasingly challenging to predict which calamity will wipe out humanity first. It's a race to the finish line… But that line is visible from here.
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