On the verge of a “post-antibiotic era”

Megan Lynn Mullins , Feature writer

A bacteria has been found that is able to resist any form of treatment. They have been using the drug only used in the most extreme circumstances known as colistin, this form of bacteria is also able to shrug off this drug. This could put the world on the verge of a “post-antibiotic era”.
Scientists have found a new mutation, known as MCR-1. This mutation is what is causing the bacteria to become almost indestructible. 16 patients have been found with this strand and also 15% of raw meat according to Lancet Infectious Diseases. The strand can be found in diseases such as E.coli.
This is not the first time that a resistance like this has emerged but the key difference is that this strand is easily shared between bacteria. BBC news source professor Mark Wilcox said “The transfer rate of this resistance gene is ridiculously high, that doesn’t look good.”
The fear of the resistance spreading is very prevalent, the spread would lead to resistance to all treatment known to man. BBC news source Prof Wilcox said “Do I fear we will get to an untreatable organism situation? Ultimately yes. Whether that happens this year, or next year, or the year after, it’s very hard to say.” By 2050 they fear 317,000 deaths may be caused by this strand just in North America alone and 4,150,000 in Africa.
A change is needed BBC commentary in Lancet concluded “implications are enormous” without this much needed change. There is hope though, new drugs are in the making such as teixobactin but they are not secure or ready for medical use just yet.

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