Fear of pandemic infection growing after NINETEEN new superugs are discovered in the UK, including bacteria that affect the blood, kidneys and intestines
- Germs that attack the blood, kidneys and intestines have evolved in the past with antibiotics
- They threaten a pandemic of untreatable infections, officials say
- Public Health England today announces a five-star strategy to tackle the problem
Nineteen new forms of deadly super bacteria have been found in the UK, according to a large report.
Officials said that germs affecting the blood, kidneys, and intestines had developed ways to break the last line of antibiotic defenses – threatening a pandemic of untreatable infections.
Public Health England, which today announced a five-year strategy to address the "urgent threats" of infectious diseases, said it had discovered 19 "new genetic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance" in its laboratories in ten years.
Officials said that germs affecting the blood, kidneys, and intestines had developed ways to break the antibiotic defense – threatening a pandemic of untreatable infections (file image)
The superugs, found in 1,300 different samples taken from patients, meant that infections could not be treated with "antibiotics or last resort" such as carbapenems and colistin.
The bacteria, including new forms of MRSA, gonorrhea and enterococci, cause urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, kidney problems and bowel disorders.
In any case, doctors could use unlicensed experimental drugs, a combination of old drugs, or high doses to save lives.
But speaking at the annual Public Health Conference in Warwick, expert Susan warned infectious diseases of Imperial College London: & # 39; The doom scenario is that we can't treat patients. & # 39;
She said that health authorities are desperately trying to avoid a tipping point where drugs stop working against common infections.
The bacteria, including new forms of MRSA, gonorrhea and enterococci, cause urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, kidney problems and bowel disorders (file image)
She added that in some southern European countries, such as Italy and Greece – where antibiotic resistance is a bigger problem – doctors can no longer perform bone marrow transplants in the event that a patient gets an untreatable infection.
Dr. Hopkins told doctors at the conference that they all had to take the responsibility of reducing unnecessary antibiotic use, which drives the problem.
"There is no point pointing the finger there (at other medical professionals) – we are all personally responsible and professionally responsible and we all need to take action together."
Dr. Hopkins told doctors at the conference that they all had to take responsibility for reducing unnecessary antibiotic use, which drives the problem (file image)
Professor Alastair Hay, a primary care physician and professor of primary health care at the University of Bristol, said the UK was in the top quarter of countries in Europe for reducing antibiotic prescriptions, but lagging behind the best countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, where the rates prescribe were about a third lower.
Meanwhile, Professor Chris Whitty, who will be the government's chief medical officer next month, said, "Despite our arsenal of vaccines and antimicrobials, infectious disease remains a real threat to public health.
& # 39; We are constantly confronted with new threats and the resistance to antimicrobial agents is increasing. With this new strategy we can detect new threats and prevent them from occurring. & # 39;
The new report on infectious diseases from PHE, which sets out the strategy to tackle urgent health threats from 2020 to 2025, also reveals that 12 new diseases have been discovered in England for the first time in the last decade.
These include pandemic "swine flu", respiratory syndrome in the Middle East, Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever and monkeypox.
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