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Sushi lovers may be at risk of infection by antibiotic-resistant bacteria after a sudden increase in the number of untreatable insects at sea, scientists say

Sushi lovers may be at higher risk of catching superugs, as scientists warn that the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in fish has DUBBLE for five years

  • Florida research team alternated hundreds of dolphins between 2003 and 2015
  • Superbugs resistant to antibiotics in strains of E. coli doubled from 2009 to 2015
  • Researchers said dolphins were a good indicator of marine life that is eventually eaten
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Sushi lovers may be at risk of getting antibiotic-resistant infections due to the rapid spread of superugs at sea, scientists have warned.

Researchers studying dolphins discovered that the number of untreatable insects had doubled in just over five years.

Although they seldom ate themselves, researchers said dolphins were a good indicator of the rest of marine life ending as food.

They warned that diners of raw or insufficiently heated fish could get sick from insects that cannot cure our strongest medicines.

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Sushi lovers may be at risk of infection by antibiotic-resistant bacteria after a sudden increase in the number of untreatable insects at sea, scientists say

Sushi lovers may be at risk of infection by antibiotic-resistant bacteria after a sudden increase in the number of untreatable insects at sea, scientists say

Health employers say that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the greatest threat to modern medicine.

Bacteria learn to adapt and become resistant to medicines when people take the wrong doses of antibiotics or when they are dispensed unnecessarily.

The problem is propelled by the fact that no new antibiotics have been developed in decades.

About 700,000 people die every year as a result of drug-resistant infections, including tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria around the world.

Public Health England says that around 5,000 Britons die each year as a result of superbugs.

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The research team at the Atlantic University of Florida captured, cleaned and released 171 tumblers in the Indian River Lagoon between 2003 and 2015.

They found the number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics in different strains of E. coli more than doubled from 2009 to 2015.

Meanwhile, Vibrio alginolyticus – a pathogen that is known to cause serious seafood poisoning – also increased.

Acinetobacter baumannii, traditionally a cause of hospital infections, was also found in some of the mammals in the study.

Principal investigator Adam Schaefer told The Telegraph: & # 39; We have followed changes over time and have found a significant increase in antibiotic resistance in isolates of these animals. This trend reflects reports from healthcare.

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& # 39; Based on our findings, it is likely that these dolphin isolates come from a source of regular use of antibiotics that may end up in the marine environment through human activities or discharges from terrestrial sources. & # 39;

It is thought that sushi lovers are most at risk because the untreatable bacteria live in raw meat.

Cooking food at a sufficiently high temperature ensures that all harmful bacteria are killed.

Last week, Public Health England revealed that 19 new forms of deadly superugs had been found in the UK in 10 years.

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.

WHAT IS ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE?

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Antibiotics have been dispensed unnecessarily by general practitioners and hospital staff for decades, so that once harmless bacteria are supplied with super poison.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned earlier if nothing is done, the world is moving towards a & # 39; post-antibiotic & # 39; age.

It claimed that common infections, such as chlamydia, will become murderers without immediate solutions to the growing crisis.

Bacteria can become resistant to medicines if people take the wrong doses of antibiotics or if they are distributed unnecessarily.

Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies claimed in 2016 that the threat of antibiotic resistance is just as serious as terrorism.

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Figures estimate that superugs will kill 10 million people every year by 2050, with patients succumbing to once harmless insects.

About 700,000 people die every year as a result of drug-resistant infections, including tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria around the world.

There have been repeated concerns that drugs will be returned to the & # 39; dark ages & # 39; if antibiotics will no longer be effective in the coming years.

In addition to the fact that existing drugs are becoming less effective, only one or two new antibiotics have been developed in the last 30 years.

In September the WHO warned that antibiotics are running out & # 39; because in a report a & # 39; serious defect & # 39; new drugs in the development pipeline.

Without antibiotics, C-sections, cancer treatments and hip prostheses, it was said to be incredibly risky & # 39;

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