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Superbugs, human ecology and the threat from within

Superbugs, human ecology and the threat from within | this curious life | Scoop.it
At the beginning of the 20th century, around one in three children in countries such as Australia and the United States died of infection before the age of five.

 

'But since Howard Florey first described the power of penicillin in 1947 and antibiotics became widely available, we have come to expect that life-threatening bacterial infection can be easily managed.

 

Early antibiotic therapy still means the difference between life and death for a previously healthy young person with a severe blood infection.

 

However, we have long known that bacteria can quickly adapt to overcome the antibiotics that used to kill them. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria are often referred to as “superbugs”.

 

We need to think of the human (and animal) gut microflora as an inter-connected global ecosystem, and ask ourselves if we are managing it well. If we remain heedless of this risk, we may pass a tipping point beyond which this vital ecosystem, the gut microflora, cannot recover.'

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Hunt for superbugs in Australian animals

Hunt for superbugs in Australian animals | this curious life | Scoop.it
Scientists are hunting for so-called 'superbugs' in Australian livestock and pets.

 

"We're currently establishing a network of university-based, private and government veterinary microbiology laboratories throughout Australia that can supply us with the bacteria isolated from animal infections. These will give us a good indication of how prevalent antibiotic resistance is in our animal populations.

 

"We expect our study will confirm that Australia has low rates of resistance to important classes of drug in these key animal pathogens, relative to other countries, which will be good news for our exporters".

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