Why should you care about what I am writing about today? “Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.” (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) This is about to get potentially unimaginably worse.
Back in 2013, I wrote an article entitled, “Head of CDC Says It’s Time to Sound the Alarm on Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs” http://www.lastminutesurvival.com/tag/incurable/. In it, I explained that we were reaching a point where the spread of antibiotic resistant diseases would fundamentally alter our lives. In a world of resistant bacteria, even simple infections from cuts and scrapes will be deadly. Modern surgical medicine will be highly risky to impossible because of the untreatable bacterial infections. Perhaps most terrifying, the resistance will spread to previously eliminated diseases like Tuberculosis and allow for them to reemerge in a much more lethal form. I warned that if new antibiotics were not developed, we could soon be facing a time where cities become nothing more than death zones. Now, only three years later, we have crossed a major milestone of the worst case with the confirmed emergence of bacteria in the US resistant to the last resort antibiotic treatments.
Let me be clear. The US government is in panic mode behind the scenes. Although, government officials are sounding the “stay calm,” doctors and infectious disease specialists are much blunter about the dire implications of bacteria that are totally resistant to our treatments of last resort. Lena H. Sun writes in the Washington Post; “For infectious-disease experts, the nightmare scenario is for the gene to spread to bacteria that are now susceptible only to colistin. That would make them invincible to any antibiotic, unstoppable by the most lifesaving drugs of modern medicine.” (Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-these-biomedical-detectives-identified-the-dreaded-new-superbug-in-us/2016/06/06/96ac8922-2bda-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_most-draw6) As soon as the resistance is spread to other bacteria and they become more wide spread, the consequences could be catastrophic. It is so serious; it isn’t a coincidence the discovery was made by the Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD has conducted research into biological weapons for decades and views the development of last resort resistant bacteria in the US like a nuclear weapon about to be unleashed. In fact, it actually could be far worse. Read more