Welcome to a world where the drugs don't work - it's here, today.
'A new wave of "super superbugs" with a mutation called NDM 1, which first emerged in India, has now turned up all over the world, from Britain to New Zealand.''After Alexander Fleming's 1928 discovery of the first antibiotic, penicillin, we quickly came to assume we had the chemicals to beat bacteria. Sure, bugs evolve to develop resistance. But for decades scientists have managed to develop new medicines to stay at least one step ahead of an ever-mutating enemy. Now, though, we may be running out of road.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Apr 1, 2011 -
With a newly indurated PPD in my arm,
I went looking for tuberculosis resources. According to the WHO over 2 million people a year die of tuberculosis.
About a third of the 40 mil. people infected with HIV worldwide are also infected with TB. Successful treatment takes 6-9 months of powerful antibiotics
, but that's assuming the bacteria in your body aren't drug resistant.
Epidemics of drug resistant TB are raging in some parts of Central America and in the Russian prison system. Paul Farmer
is the man for treating it, and quite a good man
On the plus side, possibly having TB puts me in good company: Orwell
, and the 70s favorite mummy, King Tut
all had it. Every one of the Brontes
did too, and they were all geniuses. Of course they all died of it. On a more sober note, if I do have to get treatment, but I refuse, I might be ordered
to take medications by a judge
posted by OmieWise
on Dec 2, 2004 -