Antibiotic resistance will mean the end of just about everything as we know it

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

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From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2013/11/20/antibiotic_resistance_will_mean_the_end_of_just_about_everything_as_we_know_it/

Tracing the full implications of a post-antibiotic future

Lindsay Abrams
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013

In the United States, 2 million people are infected with drug-resistant “superbugs” every year, and at least 23,000 die as a result. Such numbers, journalist Maryn McKenna suggests, will seem trivial if we reach the point when all antibiotics are no longer effective — something that’s on track to become a reality.

Considering the full implications of a post-antibiotic era, McKenna concludes that it wouldn’t be so different from the apocalypse. And to know what we’re facing, we need only look at where we’ve come from:

Before antibiotics, five women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth. One out of nine people who got a skin infection died, even from something as simple as a scrape or an insect bite. Three out of ten people who contracted pneumonia died from it. Ear…

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