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UK NewsFears of infections pandemic grow after NINETEEN new superbugs are discovered in UK including germs which attack the blood, kidneys and bowels

12:00  11 september  2019
12:00  11 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Officials said germs which attack the blood , kidneys and bowels had evolved ways to breach the last line of antibiotic defences - threatening a pandemic of Germs that attack the blood , kidneys and bowels have evolved past antibiotics. They threaten a pandemic of untreatable infections

Among them were 19 new superbugs identified in the past decade, including mutant forms of MRSA The bacteria can trigger urinary tract and bowel infections , sexually transmitted diseases, and kidney problems. NHS prescription cost is ‘putting asthma sufferers at risk of deadly attacks ’.

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Officials said germs which attack the blood, kidneys and bowels had evolved ways to breach the last line of antibiotic defences – threatening a pandemic of untreatable infections.

Public Health England, which today announces a five-year strategy to address the ‘urgent threats’ of infectious diseases, said it had discovered 19 ‘new genetic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance’ in its labs in ten years.

Fears of infections pandemic grow after NINETEEN new superbugs are discovered in UK including germs which attack the blood, kidneys and bowels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Officials said germs which attack the blood, kidneys and bowels had evolved ways to breach antibiotic defences – threatening a pandemic of untreatable infections (file image)

The superbugs, found in 1,300 different samples taken from patients, meant infections could not be treated by ‘antibiotics of last resort’ such as carbapenems and colistin.

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Nineteen untreatable superbugs have been discovered in the last decade, government experts The mutant varieties of germs such as MRSA and gonorrhoea were able to withstand all In addition to the rise of superbugs , infection experts have detected 12 new diseases in the UK in the last

A blood test revealed that he was infected with a newly discovered germ as deadly as it was Resistant germs are often called “ superbugs ,” but this is simplistic because they don’t typically kill Instead, they are most lethal to people with immature or compromised immune systems, including

The bacteria, which include new forms of the MRSA, gonorrhoea and enterococcus bugs, cause urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, kidney problems and bowel disease.

In each case, doctors were able to use experimental unlicensed drugs, a combination of old medicines or high doses to save lives.

But speaking at the annual Public Health Conference in Warwick, infectious diseases expert Dr Susan Hopkins, of Imperial College London, warned: ‘The doomsday scenario is that we can’t treat patients.’

She said health authorities are desperately trying to avoid a ‘tipping point’ in which drugs stop working against common infections.

Fears of infections pandemic grow after NINETEEN new superbugs are discovered in UK including germs which attack the blood, kidneys and bowels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The bacteria, which include new forms of the MRSA, gonorrhoea and enterococcus bugs, cause urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, kidney problems and bowel disease (file image)

She added that in some southern European countries, such as Italy and Greece – where antibiotic resistance is a bigger problem – doctors can no longer carry out bone marrow transplants in case a patient gets an untreatable infection.

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Dr Hopkins told doctors at the conference that they all needed to take responsibility for reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is driving the problem.

‘There’s no point in pointing the finger over there [at other medical professionals] – we are all personally responsible and professionally responsible and we all need to take action together.’

Fears of infections pandemic grow after NINETEEN new superbugs are discovered in UK including germs which attack the blood, kidneys and bowels © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr Hopkins told doctors at the conference that they all needed to take responsibility for reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is driving the problem (file image)

Professor Alastair Hay, a GP and professor of primary care at the University of Bristol, said the UK was in the top quarter of nations in Europe for reducing antibiotic prescriptions but lagged behind the best countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, where prescribing rates were around a third lower.

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Battling to fight the infection in the ICU, the hospital used an arsenal of antibiotics. None worked. “ We ’ re focused only on making new And last month, Democrats in both houses of Congress introduced a bill that included billion to establish a prize fund specifically for new antibiotics.

A new type of antibiotic that is capable of fighting off some superbugs has been discovered in the human nose. The new drug, named lugdunin, originates from bacteria present in human nostrils. Importantly, it gave no indications of allowing the bacteria it attacks to mutate and develop resistance.

Meanwhile Professor Chris Whitty, who will become the Government’s chief medical officer next month, said: ‘Despite our arsenal of vaccines and antimicrobials, infectious disease remains a real threat to public health.

'We are constantly faced with new threats, and antimicrobial resistance is growing. This new strategy will enable us to detect and prevent new threats as they arise.’

PHE’s new infectious diseases report, which sets out the strategy to address urgent health threats from 2020 to 2025, also reveals that 12 new diseases were detected in England for the first time in the past decade.

These include pandemic ‘swine flu’, Middle East respiratory syndrome, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever and monkeypox.

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