A superbug that is resistant to all the known antibiotics is able to trigger severe infections and even death.
The worst thing is that is spreading undetected through hospital wards all over the world, according to scientists from Australia who issued the warning yesterday.
Three variants of the bug were discovered
Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered three variants of the virus that’s resistant to various drugs in samples coming from 10 countries including strains from Europe that cannot be reliably tamed by any medication that’s currently available on the market.
“We started with samples in Australia but did a global snapshot and found that it’s in many countries and many institutions around the world,” Ben Howden, director of the university’s Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory told AFP.
“It seems to have spread,” he continued
The bacteria is known as Staphylococcus epidermidis, is related to the better-known and more deadly MRSA.
The bacteria is found naturally on human skin, and it most commonly infects the elderly or the patients who have had prosthetic materials implanted such as catheters or joint replacements.
“It can be deadly, but it’s usually in patients who already are very sick in the hospital… it can be quite hard to eradicate, and the infections can be severe,” Howden said.
The expert team analyzed hundreds of S. epidermidis specimens from 78 hospitals from all over the world.
They found that some strains of the virus made a small change in its DNA that triggered resistance to two of the most common antibiotics, often administered in tandem to treat hospital infections.
“These two antibiotics are unrelated, and you would not expect one mutation to cause both antibiotics to fail,” said Jean Lee, a Ph.D. student at Melbourne’s Doherty Institute, and co-author of the study.
The high use of antibiotics is dangerous
A lot of the powerful antibiotics are costly and they are even toxic. The team said that the practice of using more drugs at the same time to prevent resistance might not be working in this case.
Experts also claimed that this superbug is spreading so rapidly due to the high use of antibiotics in intensive care units where the patients are the sickest, and potent drugs are being prescribed there as a routine.
This only highlights that the use of a high number of antibiotics triggers more drug-resistant bugs.
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