Just recently, the very first case of a strain of gonorrhea that is actually resistant to all antibiotic drugs was reported. This showed up in England though it is believed to have originated from a Southeast Asian source.
As it turns out, bacteria being resistant to antibiotic drugs is a pandemic and it is seen all over the world. This case of resistant gonorrhea is just an extreme example. The difficulty is not confined to any single part of the world.
There are a number of people who actually die from infections that cannot be treated by all known antibiotics and this sort of situation is happening with greater frequency than it ever has before. Though it is well known that this is a serious danger, antibiotic drugs still continue to be prescribed too often, at least in developing countries.
While antibiotics are being prescribed too often in developed countries and measures are being taken to curtail this action, so many are being used in developing countries just by supply and demand. You see, in those countries, the use of antibiotics is only controlled by price and availability, not by prescription.
This means that developing countries are hugely responsible for using more antibiotic drugs to treat conditions than most other countries and it is contributing to the rise in bacteria that can resist the drugs. This, in turn, contributes to a rise in cost for research to develop new drugs.
The Bugs Don’t Care
The bacteria are not really to blame. These are microorganisms that grow and live much like anything else does. They are simply responding to the environment they are given. New drugs can be developed but it seems like the human race is not winning in this battle.
Regardless of what humans want, the bacteria will adapt, they have clearly demonstrated this. When the idea of this gets across to the public, will there then be a cessation of antibiotic use? No! It is not so simple. These bugs adapt no matter what and it seems that the human race is short of such adaptation.
People are being taught what to do about this situation. To a large extent, it is the role of healthcare professionals to avoid prescribing antibiotics too often. On the external level, it is also about pharmaceutical companies controlling access to the medications.
When both aspects are considered, there is still the element of human error. People will still turn to antibiotic drugs in desperate situations and that is only reasonable on their part. The problem is when they keep using them despite lack of effectiveness.
Now, there is a greater effort to educate the masses regarding this situation so that there is a larger spread of real care when it comes to disease.
The solution to treating illnesses is not always found with antibiotics. That was part of the problem and it still is the problem that these drugs are prescribed when they do not need to be.