Get ready for antibiotic-resistant strep throat | TreeHugger

Get ready for antibiotic-resistant strep throat | TreeHugger

But bacteria are tough little survivors and aren’t going down without a fight. And in fact, they are proving victorious in their microscopic war against antibiotics. Now we have entered the “antibiotic resistance era,” in which bacteria are changing in response to the use of antibiotics – getting stronger and rendering the medications less and less effective.

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls antibiotic resistance “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.” As the organization points out, “A growing list of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning, gonorrhoea, and foodborne diseases – are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.”
The latest germs making a go of it appear to be those that cause strep throat and the ever-lovely flesh-eating disease, according to infectious disease scientists who have published a study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

Earlier in 2019, researchers reported that they had found two related bacterial strains of Streptococcus pyogenes with reduced susceptibility to ampicillin, amoxicillin and cefotaxime, antibiotics commonly used to treat infections caused by the strains.

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