The Coming Antibiotic Crisis, Revealed in Maps

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A new WHO report takes the widest look yet at the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the news is not good.

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The report goes into detail about some of the problems facing us with increasingly treatment-resistant strains of contagious bacteria. It also includes a number of maps showing how widespread — both in terms of different bacteria and across country borders — the problem is.

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But, new antibiotics are coming right? Well, maybe, but as the WHO points out in this timeline, it's been 30 years since the last major new antibiotic was developed, leading to what they call "a discovery void."

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So what can we do in the absence of new antibiotics? Mostly use the antibiotics we already have correctly. And, according to the WHO, that means using antibiotics only when they're prescribed, not sharing or using leftover antibiotic prescriptions, and finishing taking your antibiotics until your whole prescription runs out.

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DISCUSSION

I don't like taking drugs of any kind. But when I need antibiotics I always take every last one of them.

But my aunt is one of "those people" as I like to refer to them. A pill hoarder. You sniffle in her presence, and you are being offered ten different pills from prescriptions so old that some of them have hair. But she only ever takes one or two of whatever she's prescribed... because in her words: "What if I run out? They're so expensive."

Its terrifying the logic that drives some people.