Woman’s death could be start of a lethal ‘superbug’ era

Woman's Death Could Be Start Of A Lethal ‘superbug' Era

Woman’s death could be start of a lethal ‘superbug’ era

INFECTIOUS diseases experts fear the death of a woman from a superbug could signal the start of an era where simple childhood illnesses are invincible to antibiotics, making them a lethal threat.

Australian doctors and researchers are “deeply alarmed” about news that an American woman died after fracturing her leg in India and developing an infection that had grown resistant to every available drug.

While the presence of superbugs are not new, the president of the Australasian Society of Infectious Disease Professor Cheryl Jones said the woman’s death may indicate that antimicrobial resistance was becoming more widespread.

“Should this be the case, it would profoundly affect all areas of health care, and society,” Prof Jones and co-authors wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia.

“Simple childhood infections would once again be life-threatening events, major surgery would be associated with high mortality, chemotherapy for cancer and organ transplantation would no longer be possible.”

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Australia has been proactive to the emerging global health threat, but challenges include reducing use of antibiotics in humans and animals to prevent bacterium from becoming resistant.

In a separate report, a group of experts from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity wrote that since the 2009 influenza pandemic, when Australia’s capacity to respond to highly transmissible infectious diseases was tested, improvements had been made.

“We are unable to predict when the next pandemic will occur or which new pathogen may appear, emphasising that every country must be well prepared,” they wrote in the MJA.

“Australia has many pieces of the plan in place, but we must continue to fill gaps, test and refine existing systems and continually review what works to make sure we are as ready as possible for the next emerging infectious disease challenge.”

Lucie.vandenberg@news.com.au

@Lucie_VDB

 

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Woman's Death Could Be Start Of A Lethal ‘superbug' Era
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Woman's Death Could Be Start Of A Lethal ‘superbug' Era
Woman's Death Could Be Start Of A Lethal ‘superbug' Era
Woman's Death Could Be Start Of A Lethal ‘superbug' Era

Woman's Death Could Be Start Of A Lethal ‘superbug' Era

Woman's Death Could Be Start Of A Lethal ‘superbug' Era

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