Drug-resistant superbug infections explode across U.S. hospitals: 500% increase foreshadows ‘new plague’ caused by modern medicine

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Drug-resistant superbug infections have reached near-epidemic levels across U.S. hospitals, with an alarming 500% increase now documented in a study just published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America). (1)

Lead author of the study, Dr. Joshua Thaden, warned “This dangerous bacteria is finding its way into healthcare facilities nationwide… A CRE epidemic is fast approaching… Even this marked increase likely underestimates the true scope of the problem given variations in hospital surveillance practices.”

The study also found that an astonishing 94 percent of CRE infections were caused by healthcare activities or hospital procedures.

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  1. Can’t say we didn’t see this coming at least forty years ago. But who could say no? [“Thanks doc, but I’d rather be sick and miss the most important event of my life than take that stuff and help bring about a super bug in forty years..”]

    This is truly horrific. Wish I still had that old paperback of The Plague, by Camus (Existentialism is what we need right now). We have created this. It was inevitable.

    Addressing the claim that the pharmaceutical companies are abandoning us to the monster they created. I would emphasize that there is literally nothing to be done with these superbugs. The problem with ABs is that bacteria have evolved into resistant species. If the pharmaceutical companies found a way to put the superbug down, then that too would evolve into a more-super-bug, and I don’t think we can take the chance of provoking something like that. The next level could be an exponential jump. A directed effort should be made to prevent another level of resistance, in which the first step would have to be to a drastic reduction in the use of antibiotics.

    I certainly support the use of natural antibiotics. I simply wonder whether even those could eventually provoke resistance, even if over a longer time.

    Clearly everything said about the medical facility disease incubator and transmitter is absolutely true. So, it seems the next dominant animal life species on Earth may be bacteria. Unless they have a natural predator. If there is life on Earth with an appetite for superbugs (and not for humans), we have to find it.

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