Warning about antibiotic drug resistance

The resistance to antibiotics has reached alarming levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports MRSA infections in hospitals and deaths resulting from them are less frequent. However, MRSA is now not only being found in some health facilities, but also in homes. MRSA can be resistant to antibiotics and that brings up the question of the use of antibiotics.

The World Health Organization said they are seeing more cases of drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and diseases which include TB, MRSA, VRSA, and Strep. But as scary as these "superbugs" sound, the Department of Public Health said there is an easy fix.

It's a hotly debated topic, to mediate or not? A new warning from the World Health Organization is adding fuel to that fire, a warning of antibiotic drug resistance.

"Antibiotic resistance has been an issue because of the inappropriate use of antibiotics. And now we are seeing these bacterias that are resistant to our front line drugs. And whenever we have that resistance, that means its more and more difficult to kill that infection in the body," said Department of Public Health, Matt Richardson.

People Pronews 7 spoke to said they're not shocked over the news.

"It doesn't shock me because there's so many medicines that are out there and being prescribed," said Demarlone Givens.

Some even feel like we as a nation are building up an immunity to these antibiotics because of misuse from both patients and physicians.

"I feel like they do play a big part. They kind of force you into it sometimes but they mean well, of course they want you to get better they want you to feel better," said Shane Agosto.

The City's Department of Public Health's Matt Richardson said both patients and physicians need to be more responsible when it comes to appropriate use of antibiotics by finishing them, not using those not prescribed, and by not using them for a viral infection.

"One of the challenges is it takes a very long time to develop a new class of medications, a new antibiotic. Antibiotic drugs are difficult and expensive to develop and what we're finding is the bacterias are changing and evolving more quickly than our drugs can keep up," said Richardson.

He also said another easy solution to this problem is by simple hand washing with warm water and using regular soap not ant-bacterial.

"A normal regular soap with warm water will do the same job, but it won't be introducing an antibiotic into the environment".