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Antibiotic Resistance Found in UK

The overuse of antibiotics has been a big topic in the news lately after bacteria resistant to Colistin was discovered in China last month. Scientists have warned that the world is on the cusp of an antibiotic apocalypse which could throw us back into the dark ages where common infections would become life threatening once again.

After this discovery in China, similar checks were carried out in the UK and similar results were found on three farms and in samples of human infections.

UK Doctors believed that it would take three years for the colistin-resistance to spread to the UK but the Animal and Plant Health Agency and the Public Health England began testing for it.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency found colistin-resistant bacteria on three pig farms which did not come as a huge surprise because there have been similar discoveries elsewhere in Europe as well as in Asia and Africa.

Public Health England reviewed 24,000 bacterial samples from various cases that they recorded from 2012 until 2015 and colistin-resistance was discovered in 15 of them including samples of E. Coli and Salmonella.

Colistin is commonly used as a last resort when all other treatments have failed which is why it’s so worrying. The mcr-1 gene which makes bacteria resistant to colistin can spread rapidly between species so it’s only a matter of time before it finds its way into other superbugs.

It’s time to face up to the fact of the possibility of untreatable infections. In light of this you should be looking at ways to prevent the spread the spread of infection. Like the say prevention is better than cure. Sanondaf offers disinfectant services that have been proven to banish 99.9% of harmful bacteria so we would be a good place to start.

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