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"These are second- and third-line drugs that need to be used carefully," Laxminarayan says. "Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of guidance for how these drugs are being used."

The current study found that three-quarters of the increase in antibiotic consumption occurred in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — countries where most people have incomes high enough to buy the drugs. Last-resort antibiotics are available over-the-counter throughout these nations.

Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally via nprglobalhealth

This is absolutely terrifying.

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A ‘superbug’ fix? Agribusiness doesn’t think so
To stop overusing antibiotics in animals, an economist has proposed a fee for using the drugs. But the farm community is pushing back.

A ‘superbug’ fix? Agribusiness doesn’t think so

To stop overusing antibiotics in animals, an economist has proposed a fee for using the drugs. But the farm community is pushing back.

To reduce the spread of infections like MRSA and C. diff, hospitals should encourage doctors to adopt a new dress code, according to a report published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) recommends physicians avoid wearing long sleeves, wrist watches, neck ties and jewelry, but encourages sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Doctors should wash their white coats at least once a week in hot water and bleach, according to the article.

Although there is no known direct link between the germs on healthcare workers’ clothing and actual infections, it’s best to take precautions, experts said.
New dress code recommendations look to reduce spread of MRSA, C. diff
Saturday, January 18, 2014
A timeline of the many once effective antibiotics and the drug-resistant organisms that have since emerged.
Created by Switchyard Media

A timeline of the many once effective antibiotics and the drug-resistant organisms that have since emerged.

Created by Switchyard Media

Thursday, January 9, 2014
The CDC recently published an infographic illustrating the growing threat posed by the highly drug-resistant bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). 
In the past 12 years, this “nightmare bacteria” has spread from one to 46 states, affecting medical facilities in practically the entire U.S.
The threat of CRE is considered important because the organisms are often resistant to multiple classes of antimicrobials, substantially limiting treatment options. 
Read more…

The CDC recently published an infographic illustrating the growing threat posed by the highly drug-resistant bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

In the past 12 years, this “nightmare bacteria” has spread from one to 46 states, affecting medical facilities in practically the entire U.S.

The threat of CRE is considered important because the organisms are often resistant to multiple classes of antimicrobials, substantially limiting treatment options.

Read more…

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Many drivers of antibiotic consumption are grounded in human medicine. However, antibiotic use in veterinary medicine and for growth promotion and disease prevention in agriculture, aquaculture, and horticulture is also a major contributing variable,” said Laxminarayan. “The very low antibiotic resistance observed in polar bears on the isolated Arctic archipelago of Svalbard supports our theory that the higher resistance found in animals living closer to human settlements is rooted in the anthropogenic use of antibiotics. Global effort is needed to keep antibiotics working | Princeton Journal Watch
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