More US Kids Sickened by Bacteria Drugs Can’t Touch
|April 7, 2014||Posted by Staff under Health|
A 2014 excerpt of HealthDay News, Mar 20.
A growing number of American children are developing infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
While still rare, the bacteria are being found more often in children of all ages, especially those who are 1 to 5 years old.
The prevalence of resistant-enzyme(ESBL)-producing bacteria rose from 0.28 percent in 1999 to 0.92 percent in 2011. Resistance to third-generation cephalosporins climbed from 1.4 percent to 3 percent.
ESBL-producing bacteria were found in children of all ages nationwide, but slightly more than half were found in youngsters 1 to 5 years old. About 74 percent of these bacteria were resistant to many types of antibiotics.
These antibiotic-resistant bacteria have traditionally been found in health care settings but are increasingly being found in the community, in people who have not had a significant history of health care exposure.
Ed. Notes: Is our “arms race” against single-cell life forms a battle humans can win? Or should we try to improve our immune systems in other ways, such as improving our medical system?
People catch most of these bugs in hospitals, which may soon see more patients as government tries to lower the costs that hospitals now charge patients. Perhaps government should instead make hospitals less needed and help people lead healthy lives.
Government could combat pollution and distribute the common wealth — the value of land and resources — two actions that’d take the stress out of our lives so we could feel and live healthier. To lower medical costs, government could permit more qualified competition. And to raise the bar for safety at hospitals, government could hold the doctors there liable.