Recently Los Angeles fell victim to the deadly superbugs the media love to talk about, so we thought we might explain how to make a superbug. Making it is a fairly simple process, overprescribe and wrongly prescribe and excess of antibiotics to cure things that don’t need it.
How to Make a Superbug
The Superbug is a strain of bacteria called enterobacteriaceae, it is part of the family that forms E.coli and klebsiella bacteria that would generally be living without a fuss in our digestive system. In some cases these bacteria can spread from the digestive system to other parts of the body and cause complications in health such as pneumonia.
It used to be that when someone got an infection such as this is was easily curable through a course of antibiotics but over prescription of the lower classes of antibiotics, the general cure-alls, have helped enterobacteriaceae evolve and develop a resistance to them. These infections have grown very serious, and infected a total of 179 people in Los Angeles. But the problems didn’t stop there.
The strain of bacteria infecting the people in Los Angeles is known as CRE and this has evolved further than most superbugs and has grown resistance to even the most powerful of antibiotics, carbapenum. The CRE bacterium has grown to develop an enzyme that kills this antibiotic and leaves it useless and ineffective.
This infection can cause a 50% mortality rate, killing about half of the sufferers from it, without help from drugs it could grow ever stronger and kill more and faster. Thankfully, cases such as these are rare and usually come about from incorrect sterilisation of medical equipment so most people that get infected are already in the best possible place to be treated.
We should be thankful that cases like this are rare but it is a clear warning that we can’t keep going on prescribing general antibiotics for every child’s ear-ache or sore throat, we need to look into where they are being overused and do everything we can to prevent resistant strains of bacteria from forming.