Fighting superbugs: 4 recommendations from Consumer Reports
Experts including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and White House say antibiotics are becoming ineffective because of widespread overuse and misuse requiring urgent action.
According to “The Rise of Superbugs” from Consumer Reports, the overuse and misuse of antibiotics is leading to the strengthening and spread of dangerous infections that are becoming resistant to these drugs.
“The overuse of antibiotics has created virulent superbugs that cause deadly infections that cannot be controlled even with multiple drugs,” said Lisa Gill, deputy health editor for Consumer Reports. “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can develop from antibiotic use on farms, in hospitals, or in doctor’s or dentist’s offices.”
“To control the problem, the United States must dramatically reduce its use of antibiotics in the next 5 years and accelerate prevention of superbug infection outbreaks,” Gill said.
Consumer Reports has 4 specific recommendations.