The government has warned that although some progress has been shown by the antibiotic-resistant germs, they have not shown any signs of stopping till now. In an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths from the antibiotic-resistant drugs has been reduced overall by 18% and by almost 30% in the hospitals.
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s President, Dr. Hilary Babcock said that the data was relieving because it shows that they were able to do something to prevent it. He said that pharmacists, researchers, prevention specialists and hospital epidemiologists were conducting infection prevention programs for saving the lives of people and to help in protecting the patients. As per the CDC reports, nearly 2.8 million infections and nearly 35,000 deaths are caused by the antibiotic-resistant fungi and bacteria every year in US. This statistics means that one person in the US is infected by the infection in each 11 seconds and someone dies in every 15 minutes. Two new germs namelyAcinetobacter bacteria and Candida auris fungus has been added to the urgent threat list. CDC has said that both these have been found to cause serious infections in patients having compromised immunity and have been showing signs of non-resistance to the most used and powerful of the antifungal and the antibiotics. With these two newly added threats the total list has five threats.
The chief of government and public affairs for National Association of County and City Health Officials, Adriane Casalotti said that there is no end to this as things evolve with time. Some of the bugs become more threatening while some others will get suppressed. CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit’s senior adviser MichaelCraig, said that the reduced number of deaths means that the strategies executed by the health care officials are correct. Craig said that it was estimated that nearly 23,000 deaths were caused by the antibiotic-resistant germs every year. This count has reached nearly 44,000 people each year as per the latest estimates.
Casalotti said that people should remain cautious. If people are prescribed with antibiotics, they should take the medication for the whole course so that the infectious bacteria get wiped off completely leaving no chance for their survival and gaining resistance.