drug resistant germs

Australian scientists have raised the alarm about the spread of multi-drug resistant germs around the world (Nature Microbiology, Sept. 3, 2018). Staphylococcus epidermidis are bacteria that commonly live on human skin, amongst many other microbial denizens. Such normal skin residents don’t usually cause trouble unless the ecological balance of the skin microbiota becomes disturbed.

Drug Resistant Germs on Skin:

The researchers identified three different strains of S. epidermidis that are not susceptible to any known antibiotic, however. These bugs may not cause infection, but when they do, there is no drug to treat them. They tested samples from multiple hospitals for susceptibility to heavy-duty antibiotics such as rifampicin, vancomycin and teicoplanin. Results from 96 hospitals or clinicas in 24 countries showed that these drug resistant germs have spread internationally without raising previous alarms. The investigators worry that patients whose immune systems become compromised might die from an infection with a normal skin bacteria that has become untreatable.

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One of the few ways to fight drug resistant germs is with viruses that target them You can learn more about bacteriophages here. We have previously written about antibiotic resistance here.

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  1. Arlen B
    United States

    I have had a strong interest in health my entire life. This article about the health of our skin is very interesting. The black plague was conqured not by drugs or herbs but by metal (pure silver dinner ware) the royal families could afford it and did not die as much as general public.

    Today as you have noted the drug resistant germ can not be killed by drugs. Again the US EPA has certified that drug resistant germs 99.99% are killed when in contact with copper not drugs.

    The South Hampton Hospital is the leader in copper/copper alloy surfaces that have reduced MRSA by as much as 97% in the ICU’s. I personally went to the hospital and the flu was epidemic I used copper in my nose and was not affected at all.

    The skin is the body’s largest organ that protects us. I have rubbed copper on my skin to heal many sores or other conditions with amazing success. CU 29

  2. JP

    If I didn’t already know how crucial hand-washing is, WOW! And, should we carry hand-sanitizer wherever we go, or are the S.epidermidis immune to that too?

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