Antibiotic Resistance – Taking Us Back To The Dark Ages?

by | Nov 20, 2015 | fitness, health, medicine, science

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins

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Bilbo is a professor of professionalism from YourMum University, Tinsel Town

The increase in the number of antibiotic resistant infections is a looming health crisis, according to the World Health Organization.

 

The over-prescription of the drugs is often cited as the major cause of the phenomenon.

But new research from the Australian National University has found a surprising link between the level of corruption in a country and the extent of its population’s antibiotic resistance.

Samantha Donovan explains.

 

Medical researchers and economists at the ANU (Australian National University) have come up with a new theory on why so many once treatable infections are becoming life-threatening.

 

Associate Professor Sanjaya Senanayake:

SANJAYA SENANAYAKE: Countries with higher levels of corruption have processes of government that aren’t as rigorously enforced, they aren’t as transparent so there’s less scrutiny and therefore there’s the opportunity to be more slack or sloppy or not do things properly, and that’s important when it comes to certain antibiotics and the transmission of bacteria.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Professor Senanayake says the use of antibiotics used to treat e-coli is a good example of how poor governance may lead to high levels of resistance in a population.

 

E-coli is a common bacterium found in humans and in animals. We know that in certain agricultural sectors antibiotics are given to animals and this leads to resistance appearing and that resistance can be transmitted to humans in a number of ways, including through food-borne means.

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