Drug resistant bacteria discovered in China – warns of an inevitable antibiotic apocalypse!
Every internet soothsayer is predicting an apocalypse. A few months ago, it was trending all over the net that Amazon had allegedly put a clause in their terms and conditions hinting of the impending zombie apocalypse. Will the world end with an apocalypse where we humans suffer a slow and painful disintegration?? Well!! Even though you may find such statements highly exaggerated, can you deny the fact that drug resistance can well make bacteria stronger in their attack on humans where we one day suffer the inevitable antibiotic apocalypse!
1 A War With Bacteria Is Being Fought In Laboratories Worldwide As We Speak
Antibiotic resistance is a major issue, with scientific research constantly endeavoring to find effective cures of new strains of the drug resistant bacteria. While you sit in the comfort of your home reading this, a virtual war with bacteria is being silently fought in laboratories around the world. Armies of researchers dedicate sleepless nights to find ways and means to combat bacteria,however!! There’s Bad news!! Chalk one up for team bacteria as a new gene has been discovered that empowers bacteria with resistance abilities against front line soldier of the lab wars and that is colistin.
2 An Antibiotic a Day Does Not Keep The Doctor Away!!
The biggest issue in the fight against bacteria is drug resistance. The human race is so dependent upon drugs that the moment a new drug is formulated as a potent bacteria killer, its strength weakens. The biggest factor determining the efficiency of drugs and drug resistance is largely due to the irresponsible misuse of drugs.
Popping pills has become second nature to the human race where even the slightest signs of a fever or flu warrant a tablet down the hatch!! It is in such ways that bacteria finds ways and means to mutate and evolve towards resistance.
3 Bacteria Has Caused Widespread Death in Human History, Yet We Never Learn
Drug resistance is slowly becoming the cause of hundreds of deaths around the world and it is this condition that paints the possible scenario of an inevitable antibiotic apocalypse where the inefficiency of drugs will see the human race subject to impending plagues similar to those in history. It seems we will never forget the scary significance of these simple warning lines written to remind us of the devastation of the great plague of London.
“Ringaringa roses, a pocket full of posies
Atishooatishoo, we all fall down.”
4 Drug Resistant Gene Discovered In China Has the Ability to Go Global
When WHO declared the importance of colistin in 2012 as a front line resistance against all bacteria, little did they know they were initiating an atmosphere for its misuse instead. Rampant use of the drug in farms across China has led to its ultimate downfall where Yi Yun Liu, a Biologist at South China Agricultural University at Guangzhou discovered MCR-1 and its resistance to Colistin. The negative aspect of such a scenario is MCR-1’s ability to travel on a plasmid or swap circle. This means it can transfer to DNA and yes!! Get ambitious and spread globally.
Medical Microbiologist, Mark Wilcox says, “The transfer rate of this resistance gene is ridiculously high, that doesn’t look good.” He added, “Do I fear we’ll get to an un treatable organism situation? Ultimately yes.”
5 Scientists Reveal MCR-1 Can Give Common Bacteria Drug Resisting Properties
The biggest fear of the microbiologists is related to the spread of MCR-1 to other strains of bacteria which plague medical facilities and then that would be bad news!! However on a more positive note, one section of scientists feel that these are regular occurrences and want to make us believe on it by citing the fact that combination drugs have eradicated drug resistant bacteria in the past. But!!! For how long will this work?
MCR-1 can easily permeate strains of Escherichia coli or commonly known as E.Coli and Klebsiella, common bacterial infections that kill many unfortunate people especially children in underdeveloped countries.
6 To make your pills stronger, stop popping them!
Scientists fear that MCR -1 may penetrate common bacteria, making them resistant to drugs. Now that is a scary situation and can rightly qualify as a valid and justified candidate for the term APOCALYPSE.
The biggest problem of the human race is the inability to gauge the damaging potential of issues which come with boring explanations. An inevitable antibiotic apocalypse? NOW WHAT’S THAT???It’s something about drugs isn’t it?? BUT!!Spread the word of a zombie apocalypse and it goes VIRAL. But jokes aside, we would like to say, don’t pop a pill because you feel like it. Don’t exploit your body’s natural ability to fight a disease and take prescription drugs only when your physician tells you to. Period!!