The Importance Of Antibiotic Resistance

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Britain’s Chief Medical Officer believes that antibiotic resistance should be ranked with terrorism as “one of the major threats to society” (Cribb, 2013, p. 47). The World Health Organisation (WHO) has taken these unnerving words into consideration as a potential threat towards society and, as a result, made this issue the main focus of World Health Day 2011. The World Health Organisation warned global citizens that “inaction today will lead to many deaths in the future” (Cribb, 2013, p. 47). Antibiotics that are inappropriately or needlessly used cause a threat to civilization as they provide the base for development of what scientists today refer to as ‘superbugs’ (Whitby, 2013, para. 13). Superbugs are “strains of bacteria that have morphed …show more content…
13). This situation leads to many problems. Once the bacteria has mutated into a superbug, it can no longer effectively be destroyed by the antibiotic previously used for the disease or infection. Consequently, the death of many people from around the world is solely due to antibiotics that can no longer effectively kill the bacteria that causes the patient’s disease or infection (Siegel, 2014, para. 6). Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria have been estimated to become resistant to all major antibiotics within a decade or two. With this incident occurring, “simple infections will become fatal” (White, 2014, para. 7). According to the December report from a commission appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, if this resistance does not cease to continue, ten million people could die annually by 2050 in addition to those who are killed every year by cancer (Gardiner, 2015, para. 12). Antibiotic resistance can take the lives of many as one can presume from the information given above; therefore, limitations on the use of antibiotics is crucial for the prevention of antibiotic …show more content…
It is, in fact, a situation that requires many bright minds to come together to create a solution. Solutions have been thought of from a wide range of people, including college students to governments as a whole. An MIT graduate student, Timothy Lu, has constructed a method to beat microbial resistance. The student retooled an old infection fighter to “work with standard drugs that are losing their effectiveness against potentially fatal diseases” (Cooney, 2008, para. 2). Lu’s version of the drug can penetrate through the bacteria’s natural biofilm layer. The biofilm layer has a natural ability to eradicate antibiotics and is one of the causes for bacteria to be able to resist antibiotics. This version of the drug also weakens the bacteria’s defense system by obstructing genes in the bacteria from pumping antibiotics out of the cell. This enables antibiotics to freely pass into the bacterial cell and kill the bacteria as it is originally supposed to do (Cooney, 2008, para.

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