On Friday, May 27, Thrive Founder, Dr. Dave Campbell, was invited to MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show to speak on the topic of the new superbug that has been found in the United States. A strain of the superbug was detected in the urine of a 49-year-old woman from Pennsylvania in April. It was determined that she possessed a strain of E. coli which is resistant to the antibiotic colistin – often used to treat the condition.
In response to this report, show host Joe Scarborough asked Dr. Campbell for his perspective.
“It’s not just us….this is a worldwide issue that the world has to approach as a big, large organization and community,” said Dr. Campbell.
There are new health issues all the time, right? So why does this particular health concern have medical professionals from across the globe taking notice? Simply put, there is no current antidote to the superbug. According to a Washington Post article, “colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as CRE, which health officials have dubbed ‘nightmare bacteria.’”
The report goes on to state that up to 50% of those infected with superbugs like this die. It should come as no surprise that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified CRE as one of the most urgent public health threats today.
Until now, no instances of CRE had been identified in the United States. Medical professionals worry that the effectiveness of antibiotics could become less powerful in days to come. The greatest concern is how any potential spread could impact the population at-large. Without a proven way to medically combat CRE, lesser illnesses could blossom into something more potent, and possibly life-threatening.
Since bacteria begin mutating over time in an effort to withstand antibiotics, our ability to keep up with new treatments is key. The medical community attempts to remain one step ahead, but as you can see, in unique situations like this, that is not always possible.
So, what can you do? Maintaining a common sense approach to your health and well-being is always the right place to start. Watch what you eat. Remain physically active. Wash your hands regularly. Limit travel to undeveloped parts of the world, and take every recommended precaution when you must visit these places.
Remember: a single case of a superbug is not cause for panic. There is no pending outbreak on the horizon. It is important to stay abreast of what’s going on, and how the area you live in may or may not be affected.
And finally, keep up with Thrive. We stay up-to-date with the topics impacting our world today so that we can keep you informed on a regular basis.