Not From Fire Nor From Ice But From The Smallest Denizens Of Life

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    Last week, the CDC was “sounding an alarm” over the threat of antibiotic resistant superbugs. This week, the chief medical officer in England is doing the same.

    “Antimicrobial resistance is a ticking time bomb not only for the UK but also for the world,” the chief medical officer in the U.K., Dame Sally Davies, wrote in the country’s second volume of its annual report. “We need to work with everyone to ensure the apocalyptic scenario of widespread antimicrobial resistance does not become a reality.”

    According to the report, microbes changing has led to a new infectious disease discovery almost every year for the past 30 years.

    “What I uncovered was quite a horror story in antimicrobial resistance,” Davies said in a video detailing the second volume of her annual report.

    Watch Davis talk about the conclusions:

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    The CDC acknowledged last week that while superbugs, those resistant to antibiotics, are still uncommon, in the first six months of last year, nearly 200 U.S. hospitals – about 4 percent – saw at least one case.

    Health officials call them “nightmare bacteria” that have now been seen in 42 states and threaten to spread their resistance to more and more of their bacterial brethren.

    “We only have a limited window of opportunity to stop spread” of these superbugs, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. At a press conference Tuesday, he said he was “sounding an alarm.”

    Here’s more from Frieden:

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    The CDC’s Vital Signs report focused on the superbugs that have emerged from one specific bacteria group. At least five of the 70 kinds in that family have developed resistance to a class of antibiotic called carbapenems – considered one of the last lines of defense against hard-to-treat bugs.