We haven’t had a new ‘War on…’ for a while. This seems as good as any.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria with the potential to cause untreatable infections pose “a catastrophic threat” to the population, England’s chief medical officer warns in a report calling for urgent action worldwide.
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“Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat,” said Davies. “If we don’t act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can’t be treated by antibiotics. And routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection.

“That’s why governments and organisations across the world, including the World Health Organisation and G8, need to take this seriously.”



  1. Mr Diesel says:

    I’ve had two MRSA infections and both were caused by being in a hospital. Spent days in a hospital bed hooked to Vancomycin IV.

  2. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior End of World Scenarioist says:

    Yep. War of the World victorious germs is my most expected Major Calamity to man. Actually, really surprised it hasn’t happened already as it is a function of density and homogeneity.

    We do it to ourselves. “Mostly” right now in the prophylactic use on farm animals===>so that they can be bred in high density high genetic homogeneity environments. Doctors getting paid even when they give antibiotics for viruses is high on the list too. BUT IN GENERAL===NO MATTER WHAT WE DO===>Blame Darwin.

    Its the ebb and flow of life. Love the flow, hate the ebb: HEY==theres goes my species, out to sea.

    Ha, ha. Same as it ever was. Even in WAR==more people killed by disease than by Hoomans. Course, in current USAWAR–more soldiers killed by suicide than the enemy. … Because we value our troops so much.

    Hoomans: containing more bacteria and virus cells than human cells but still calling themselves Human

    …….its definitional. As all things are.

    • Mr Diesel says:

      Bobbo, You are wrong. With the current administration it won’t be called a war, it will be a “Germ Caused Disaster”

      As for military suicides one of my wife’s friends just took that way out of the service over the weekend in Asscrackistan.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior End of World Scenarioist says:

        Well Mr D, after any WAR or Disaster–the only relevant question is the same…….What is left?

        I do enjoy a good quibble though. Like a snack before the main course?

        As a Nanny State Supporter==we can’t get to the implementation of Death Panels quickly enough…..or maybe we can just keep guns legal?

        ……but I dither.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior End of World Scenarioist says:

          Forgot to add…. I thought the next war was on Asteroids? Ashley Dudd? Sugar……

          Target rich environment.

  3. deowll says:

    Maybe twenty or more years ago it became obvious to me and many others that using antibiotics as placebos, food supplements for livestock, and in sprays used on plants was going to result in their becoming useless and putting us back to the 1930s when it came to dealing with infectious agents.

    Of course some manufacturers dump the stuff into streams and rivers by the ton.

    Since few of the people living today have any idea how horrible that is going to be they don’t react. Of course they will react after people start dieing but the dump truck load.

  4. sargasso_c says:

    Most comments have been to the point, constructive and intelligent today. Snap out of it!

  5. Boner says:

    What do you bet someone is going to blame (right/left-wing) politics here?

    • Phydeau says:

      Follow the money, Boner. Read that article I linked to. Injecting massive amounts of antibiotics into animals perhaps not a good thing? Too bad. The agriculture industry has Congress in its pocket, not going to change. What kind of politics is it when the rich corporations call the shots in Congress? Right wing? Left wing?

      • bobbo, neutering gun nuts with their own lack of ammunition says:

        Right Wing.

        What do I get?

        • Phydeau says:

          You get to be ignored by the wingnuts who can’t accept that they are supporting big corporations screwing us. :/

  6. rippinreaper says:

    Tell me about it. My son and I have been dying over the past 5 days from the Norovirus. I shook it, then it came back.

  7. orchidcup says:

    I have always used DMSO to fight bacterial or viral infections.

    Works every time, and quickly.

    Works wonders for rheumatoid arthritis.

    Great for spider bites and other insect bites.


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