WHO health warnings on antibiotics and 'super bugs' that are res

WHO health warnings on antibiotics and 'super bugs' that are resistant

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - There is a new and ominous warning from the World Heath Organization on the use of antibiotics.

 A report the WHO points to a growing resistance to antibiotics. According to the report, the Antimicrobial resistance is causing problems treating ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.

This WHO says this may change the way modern medicine is practiced.

This means that standard treatments no longer work; infections are harder or impossible to control; the risk of the spread of infection to others is increased,  according to the WHO analysis.

Read fact sheet from the World Health Organization HERE

Dr. Douglas Holt is the director of the Hillsborough County Health Department says doctors have been seeing this problem for several years.

"The emergence of some of these superbugs, these resistant strains, typically have come out of places where a lot of high tech medicine is practiced. Often these begin in hospitals and then diffuse out into the community ", said Dr. Holt

Dr. Holt says patients and physicians need to be aware of the problem and not take medication unless it's completely needed.

It's a matter of can we kind of reverse some of that by beginning to be more judicious in our prescribing of antibiotics", said Dr. Holt.

 In Tampa, Dr. Christina Canody, says physicians must now prescribe antibiotics that are specifically targeted at the infection they are intended to treat.

"I've seen it just in my career, where we have antibiotics that we've been using for a long time that no longer work on particular infections,simply because they've been overused, or the germs have gotten more sophisticated and have developed resistance," said Dr. Canody

Dr. Canody says patients should not be afraid to use antibiotics because they are critical to treat infections, but she says patients should use all of the medication they are prescribed in order to help prevent the development of resistant strains of germs.

Read full report here on Antimicrobial resistance

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