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WHO antibiotics resistance: Superbug claiming lives across globe, 'real threat'

The United Nation’s WHO (World Health Organization) has recently reported that a dangerous antibiotics resistance is surfacing in fatal “superbugs” that are claiming a high number of lives across the globe. While they may not receive much attention in the daily news, these superbugs are causing thousands of deaths around the world every year, and health experts are saying that tackling these resistant superbugs is a real challenge. The Daily Beast reports this Thursday, May 1, 2014, that the antibiotic resistance does not discriminate; anyone could get sick at anytime from the superbugs, and so this very “real threat” needs to be handled quickly before the risk becomes that much more devastating.

Superbugs are posing a real threat to people across globe
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As part of a recent statement this week, the WHO antibiotics resistance warning says that the threat to public health needs to be taken seriously due to its potentially fatal and widespread nature, and that “the future implications will be devastating.” Anyone can be targeted, including those of any race, age, country, or health-related background, added the report.

"We have a big problem now, and all of the trends indicate the problem is going to get bigger, said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security.

As part of its breakthrough global statement on new antibiotic resistance and human health, which has gathered key data from a total of 114 countries, the U.N.’s World Health Organization has said that these superbugs have reached a new threshold of difficulty. They are now able to counter even the strongest antibiotics to date — these particular sickness-causing bugs are now known as carbapenems — and have been found almost everywhere in the world.

"The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill," Fukuda added earlier this week.

According to the press release on the U.N.’s WHO antibiotics resistance notification, MSN News shares that these powerful superbugs are becoming even more of a hazard due to the overuse — and even an explicit “misuse” — of standard antibiotics, which has enabled various bacteria to devise new, challenging ways to create better overall drug resistance.

One such issue surrounds gonorrhea, a serious STD (sexually transmitted disease) that hits over a million people around the globe each and every year. While there are antibiotic treatments available, some health experts are noting that they are beginning to grow weaker and even fail as deadly superbugs invent new ways to circumvent them. Some countries like Britain and France have even said that they’ve seen gonorrhea patients that have become ultimately “untreatable.”

It seems that the world is only becoming more painfully aware that when antibiotics fail to work effectively, it truly becomes everyone’s problem. Thousands die each year to these invading illnesses, particularly from MRSA, a more commonly known superbug that has been found in a number of locations. Shares WHO:

“One of the best known superbugs, MRSA, is alone estimated to kill around 19,000 people every year in the United States - far more than HIV and AIDS - and a similar number in Europe.”

It is said that the best way to counter these superbugs is to band together and invest enough time, energy, research, and funds into creating new ways to handle the often invisible world of health threats.

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