Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.

Add to My MSN

Report Addresses Increased Antibiotic Resistance

6/25/2014 4:59:00 PM

Tags: antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, health, healthcare, disease, Alec Weaver

According to a report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)E. coli, pneumonia and staph infections are developing stronger resistance to antibiotic medications. The WHO states that “governments around the world are beginning to pay attention to a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine.”

The organization's report focuses on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in common bacterial pathogens, which “involves a range of resistance mechanisms affecting an ever-widening range of bacteria, most of which can cause a wide spectrum of diseases in humans and animals.” The issue is made more problematic by the fact that “there are many gaps in information on pathogens of major public health importance.” The report goes on to state that there have been high rates of antibiotic resistance in diseases that are the cause of many common healthcare and community-acquired infections. Of the six World Health Organization regions with national reports of 50 percent resistance or more, five have reported antimicrobial resistance in E. coli and staphylococcus aureus (staph), and all six have reported instances of resistance in pneumonia.

Antibiotic resistance is both a global health concern and an economic issue, causing more than 8 million extra days spent in hospitals. WHO estimates the current yearly cost to the U.S. health system at between $21 and $34 billion. “Because AMR has effects far beyond the health sector, it was projected, nearly 10 years ago, to cause a fall in real gross domestic product (GDP) of 0.4 percent to 1.6 percent, which translates into many billions of today’s dollars globally.”

WHO's report drives home that “resistance to common bacteria has reached alarming levels in many parts of the world, indicating that many of the available treatment options for common infectious diseases in some settings are becoming ineffective.” While the situation seems dire, the World Health Organization is doing what it can to help remedy the situation and has tried in years past to promote the monitoring of antimicrobial resistance.

There is currently no universalized, global system for surveillance of the problem. However, “the World Health Organization will facilitate the development of tools and standards for harmonized surveillance of antibacterial resistance in humans, and for integrating that surveillance with surveillance of antibacterial resistance in food-producing animals and the food chain.” The organization also promises to work to develop strategies for population-based surveillance, not only for improved physical health but also to prevent harmful economic impacts caused by an increased strain on the healthcare system. 

Related Content

Do You Support the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009?

Legislation to control the use of antibiotics on the farm is gaining momentum in D.C., and emotions ...

Health Professionals Ask Obama to Take Stronger Action on Antibiotics in Ag

As antibiotic resistant infections become more prevalent due to antibiotic use in livestock, health ...

Beekeeping Vocabulary: Sorting Out the Jargon

The vagaries of beekeeping jargon and its importance to the beginning natural beekeeper.

How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug

Research report reveals a link between bladder infections and the overuse of antibiotics in chickens...

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.