Scientists: antibiotics do not help each fourth victim of pneumonia

© Fotolia / svetamartРебенок with high temperatureScientists: antibiotics do not help each fourth victim of pneumonia© Fotolia / svetamart

Approximately 22% of people entering the hospital with pneumonia, never able to get rid of it because of the growing invulnerability of microbes to antibiotics, said biologists at the conference of the American thoracic society in Washington.

«Today, pneumonia is the leading cause of death from infectious diseases, and so we are very scared of the treatment to approximately a quarter of patients required additional antibiotics, hospitalization and resuscitation. The use of new antibiotics, in turn, accelerates the growth of resistance of microorganisms and increases the likelihood of developing secondary infections, life-threatening in elderly patients,» said James mackinnell (James McKinnell) from the University of California at Los Angeles (USA).

In recent years, professionals are more and more it becomes a problem of occurrence of so-called «super-bugs» – germs resistant to one or more antibiotics. Among them are rare pathogens and very common and dangerous pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus (Staphilococcus aureus) or Streptococcus pneumoniae (Klebsiella pneumoniae). There is a real danger that all antibiotics will lose their effectiveness and medicine back to the dark ages.

The main «incubators» of such microbes, as scientists believe today, are the hospitals and livestock farms, where antibiotics are used to accelerate the growth of beef cattle. And on farms, and in hospitals there are large number of potential infections, and the bacteria, and antibiotics, causing them to evolve and not giving a «normal» bacteria to crowd out less prolific super-germs.

McKinnell and his colleagues found that the spread of such microbes already done a quarter of the cases of pneumonia are virtually untreatable using the «usual» antibiotics, analyzing the statistics collected by them in the last five years in various U.S. hospitals.

According to scientists, during this time, these clinics have treated nearly 250 thousand people infected with pneumonia, the majority of which were doctors, following the official recommendations of the American Ministry of health, prescribed one of the four most commonly used antibiotics today, like tetracycline or ftorhinolon.

Typically, to receive a course of such drugs should be enough to get rid of pneumonia, but in 22% of cases, antibiotics have not coped with the task, and patients were forced to make them longer, and sometimes they ended up in the ICU and infected side infections. In some regions, where «superbugs» are now widespread, the number of such cases was much more than the national average.

All this, according to maccannell, suggests that the health services of the United States and other countries need to develop new approaches to fight pneumonia, which would not have aggravated the situation and led to accelerated growth of microbes invulnerability to conventional medicines.

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Scientists: antibiotics do not help each fourth victim of pneumonia

© Fotolia / svetamartРебенок with high temperatureScientists: antibiotics do not help each fourth victim of pneumonia© Fotolia / svetamart

Approximately 22% of people entering the hospital with pneumonia, never able to get rid of it because of the growing invulnerability of microbes to antibiotics, said biologists at the conference of the American thoracic society in Washington.

«Today, pneumonia is the leading cause of death from infectious diseases, and so we are very scared of the treatment to approximately a quarter of patients required additional antibiotics, hospitalization and resuscitation. The use of new antibiotics, in turn, accelerates the growth of resistance of microorganisms and increases the likelihood of developing secondary infections, life-threatening in elderly patients,» said James mackinnell (James McKinnell) from the University of California at Los Angeles (USA (more…)