A woman in Pennsylvania is infected with bacteria that are resistant to all antibiotics. University of Nebraska Medical Center Chief of Infectious Disease Dr. Mark Rupp says we have seen a lot this type of antibiotic being used in the environment. He says it could also be use of antibiotics in our agricultural practices that we have go get away from.
Dr. Rupp adds that all antibiotic use needs careful consideration. He says, “By doing that we decrease the selective pressure of the antibiotics on the microbes. The microbes, when the see the antibiotics over time they become resistant. If we decrease the amount of antibiotics that are being used we decrease that pressure and decrease the emergence of resistance.”
Dr. Rupp says once the resistance occurs we must prevent it from spreading from person to person with various infection control practices. He says people can also encourage pharmaceutical companies out there to develop new antibiotics. Dr. Rupp says we can also need to take a world view of this problem because what happens in other parts of the globe eventually will happen here as well. Dr. Rupp says this bacterium was first discovered in China late last year and now we are seeing it in the U.S.