Friday, October 26, 2007

The decline of antibiotics

A virulent strain of [antibiotic resistant Staph infection] appears to be killing more people annually than AIDS, emphysema or homicide, taking an estimated 19,000 lives in 2005, according to a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The recent death of a 17-year-old high school football player in Virginia is a tragic reminder that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, can prey on otherwise healthy people.

The best defense against the potentially deadly infection is common sense and cleanliness. “We need to reinvent hygiene for the 21st century,’’...“You go to a grocery store, and hundreds of thousands of people have touched those surfaces every day. Microorganisms are evolving very rapidly.’’|Drug-Resistant Staph: What You Need to Know - NY Times|

The abuse of antibiotics is tragic and the coming century is going to see many more humble microbes killing people off in record numbers. Of course, there is no shortage of people...

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