‘Catastrophic’ Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Pose Deadly Threat But You Can Fight Back

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antibioticsHey, ready for your daily dose of horrifying health news? Cause today's is, uh, pretty horrifying. Considering it's being called a "catastrophic threat" to medicine and a "nightmare bacteria" on the rise in U.S. hospitals. Yes, we're talking about antibiotic resistance: Strains of already nasty bugs that have developed complete and total immunity to antibiotics. In other words, infections that we used to be able to treat with antibiotics are now more likely to kill you.

According to chief medical officer for England, Sally Davies, "Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat. If we don't act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can't be treated by antibiotics."

"And routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection." Here in America, the "nightmare bacteria" has shown up in 42 states.

CDC director Thomas Frieden calls the bugs a "triple threat" because not only are they completely antibiotic resistant, they're known to cause fatality rates of nearly 50 percent and -- this is the freakiest part -- they can spread their bionic drug resistance to OTHER bacteria.

Um, yikes?! So we're doomed, essentially, is what experts are trying to say. (Because you KNOW one of these so-called superbugs is gonna be the zombie virus one!)

Well, not exactly. First of all, researchers are trying to come up with new antibiotics as we speak. Plus, there are a couple of things you can do personally to help stay healthy and not become a zombie get sick:

1. Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands. Personal hygiene is more important than ever!

2. Only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary -- this will keep your own immune system from building up a resistance to potentially lifesaving drugs.

Are you concerned about this new "catastrophic threat" to your health?


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