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    Default Superbugs in the Anthropocene: A Profit-Driven Plague

    This article is so long and so in-depth that it's almost book length. I post it here for those who want to go farther down the rabbit hole. It's timely and pertinent.

    Ian Angus
    Jun 01, 2019

    While I was writing this article, the press reported:

    • A maternity hospital in Romania shut down because thirty-nine newborns were infected by a drug-resistant superbug. Eleven staff members were found to be carriers.
    • In Gaza, the wounds of thousands of Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the blockade prevents necessary medical supplies from reaching them.
    • In Pakistan in the past two years, over five thousand people have contracted a strain of typhoid fever that is resistant to all recommended antibiotics.
    • In an Indian hospital, a new strain of the common bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae, described as both multidrug resistant and hypervirulent, killed more than half of the patients who contracted it.
    • Tests found that 56 percent of Staphylococcus bacteria in two Afghan hospitals are resistant to multiple antibiotics.

    Keep reading: https://monthlyreview.org/2019/06/01...efWflAHumSvSWI
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    Excerpt: Those warnings, and many others, were ignored. If human health had been Big Pharma’s main concern, it would have changed course long ago. A rational approach would have been to avoid all unnecessary use of antibiotics, monitor essential uses carefully, and study how to minimize bacterial evolution. But human health has never been a priority for the pharmaceutical industry: drugs are a way to accumulate capital and human health is, at best, a side effect.
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