Speaking with: Dr Mark Blaskovich on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat of superbugs.
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William Isdale speaks with Mark Blaskovich about his research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the threat these superbugs pose to communities.
In the last decade we've seen a ten-fold increase in the number of bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.
A study that shows GPs are prescribing about five million too many antibiotic scripts a year means we have to take a radical new approach to reducing use of these drugs.
For most of the twentieth century, we were at war with microbes, leading to substantial changes in our body's ecosystem. This has changed our diets, disease profile, moods and even personalities.
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In Australia, there are around 1200 to 1300 cases of tuberculosis each year which means we are among the lowest-risk countries in the world.
Resistance is growing but there are ways that hospitals – as well as the public – can stem the tide.
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Antibiotics are wrongly being prescribed for infections where they won't work and cutting this down could help combat resistance. But change isn't as easy as just providing the means.
Unless we do something about about antibiotic pollution in the world's waterways, the next trip you take to the coast for a seafood dinner just might be your last.
We need a concentrated and coordinated effort by government and scientists if we're to stave off the threat of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.