Drug-resistant superbugs kill as many as people as the flu does each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed. ABC News reports Sept. 16 that more than 23,000 die each year from drug-resistant bacteria.
News of the drug-resistant superbugs carries a worrisome message as antibiotics, such as penicillin and streptomycin are less effective in destroying the bacteria. The overuse of antibiotics has made the superbugs more immune. The report revealed that the CDC discovered 17 of the most potent drug-resistant bacteria. People die mostly from staph infection MRSA -- or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It kills about 11,000 annually and a new superbug kills about 600. One of the last options available to kill off these suprbugs is carbapenems.
"If we're not careful, the medicine chest will be empty" when doctors need infection-fighting drugs, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.
MRSA bacteria is the most threatening antibiotic and can live without symptoms noticeable on the skin. It's a problem when it causes skin or tissue infections then enter the bloodstream.
So, what is the CDC's recommended action to protect against the drug-resistant superbugs? By preventing infections through immunizations, hand-washing and other preventative measures. Using antibiotics only when needed is another way to make things better.