The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is categorizing drug-resistant bacteria by urgent threat level, as more than 2 million people get antibiotic-resistant infections every year and at least 23,000 die because medicines no longer stop their illnesses.
‘Urgent health threat’
Health authorities have been warning people about medicine overuse and bacteria resistance for a long time. However, CDC sounds the alarm in a new way.
Antibiotics are created to kill bacteria that cause infection, but in the process they can also kill so-called good organisms.
The Missouri Department of Health explained that “every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria.”
Trend of antibiotic resistance
CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said the agency is warning the public about these health threats before they get out of control.
To avoid what Frieden calls a “post-antibiotic” period, where none of the present medicines work anymore and new ones haven’t been approved, the CDC has developed a plan to stem the trend of antibiotic resistance.
By spotting the trend earlier, scientists may create new medicines faster.