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Antibiotic Resistance - Development of "Killer Germs"?

2 months ago

New study by the "RKI" published more evidence of a serious development in antibiotic resistance

The "Robert-Koch-institut" has recently published a study on the development of multidrug-resistant germs in Berlin. The pathogens, which important so-called reserve antibiotics are ineffective against, are spreading at a fast pace.

According to the study, such pathogens were particularly found in clinics. Therefore, nearly one third of all examined hospital patients showed residues of multidrug-resistant bacteria. In these cases, it would be necessary to switch to "reserve-reserve-therapeutics". These findings emerge from the evaluation of new datasets of the "National Reference Center for Gram-negative Pathogens".

Multi-resistant germs - A self-made problem

"Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have become one of the most important tools in the treatment of infectious diseases" (RKI, 2015). At least since the beginning of the 21st century, these extremely effective therapies are no longer quite effective due to the steady increase in antibiotic resistance.

A variety of different evidence suggests that this is also an increasing problem within Europe. In particular, the widespread use of antibiotics in industrial agriculture has meant that the active ingredients could enter the food chain in an uncontrolled amount. This enormously favored the development of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

Outlook - The situation of danger must be differentiated

"Every application of antibiotics promotes the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Therefore, a frequent and untargeted usage of antibiotics in humans or animals endangers the health of all "(RKI, 2018). The "Robert Koch Institute" speaks in this regard of a very questionable development. Despite the generally negative results, warnings are made against premature measures and unfounded hysteria. The danger posed by the individual pathogens had to be strongly differentiated among the individual population groups. If both older people and already weakened patients are at increased risk from the bacteria, then they are not necessarily more dangerous to healthy people than other normal germs.