Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Superbug Super-Villains!

Here are the top ten public enemies. The drug resistant superbugs that threaten public health globally. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis kills at least 150,000 people every year. MRSA kills more people in America annually than AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis B combined. Of the 781,000 deaths each year from drug-resistant malaria, the majority are young children. Shigella is responsible for 165 million cases of severe dysentery and more than 1 million deaths each year. We may be facing an era of untreatable gonorrhoea as its resistance to drugs increases. Pneumonia does have a highly successful vaccine but continues to evolve. Drug-resistant strains of E. coli are popping up, particularly in the developing world. VRE is also a menace in our hospitals and particularly scary because it can share its resistance genes with MRSA, creating the potential for a new superbug – VRSA. CRKP infection is fatal in around half of cases. P. aeruginosa has the worrying ability to develop several immunities at once.

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