Antibiotic resistance: Multidrug-resistant E. coli germ is spreading in Germany
More and more antibiotics do not work. In particular, a multidrug-resistant germ is spreading in Germany – what are the consequences of antibiotic resistance?
If you have a bacterial infection, take antibiotics. The cure of many diseases seemed so simple in the last decades. But now medicine is facing a problem: the bacteria have evolved. And fewer and fewer medicines strike.
The results of a study by the German Center for Infection Research show how acute the situation really is. Researchers at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen had examined a total of nearly 1,000 bacteria that are already on the rise in other countries of the world. They found a bacterial strain, which is spreading rapidly in Germany. The incidence of the multi-drug resistant germ increased from zero to 45 percent between 2009 and 2016.
It is a subgroup of the bacterial strain “Escheria coli ST131”, a multidrug-resistant gut bacterium that has been responsible for numerous infections worldwide. In particular, bladder infections and sepsis are triggered by the bacterium. The problem: The germ has adapted to the overuse of antibiotics. It forms enzymes that make medicines ineffective.
Such multidrug-resistant pathogens are a problem, especially in hospitals. In Germany, another E.coli strain has been the most common bacterium associated with antibiotic resistance . Now ien new germ on the Vormasch.
The results of the current study illustrate the urgency of developing new antibiotics . The scientists of the University of Giessen also see a need for action: they point out that further studies are now necessary to be able to assess the consequences of the rapid spread of the bacterium.
In the past, physicians were already worried because pathogens of the venereal disease gonorrhea were less likely to respond to antibiotics. Also bladder infections are increasingly difficult to treat. Due to multi-resistant germs, supposedly harmless infections could become incurable in the near future and even lead to death.