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Antibiotic Resistance: Have we had it wrong the whole time?

An antibiotic resistant bacteria called CRE is on the loose.  According to LA Times, two people have died from it and another 170 have been exposed. The germ is thought to kill about 50% of those exposed because antibiotics do not kill the germ.  It is possible that the germ is getting spread through endoscopes that are not properly cleaned and then reused at UCLA.  The media is outraged that one of the top five hospitals in the country could be at fault for this, but somewhat relieved that the FDA is stepping in to attempt to ameliorate the problem.

The endoscopes and other metal devices are sterilized in between uses. The sterilization process, also known as “autoclaving,” kills bacteria and viruses.  However, fungal metabolites, “mycotoxins” are actually resistant to antibiotics and are heat stable.

A fungal infection, a common occurrence today, mimics an antibiotic resistant bacterial infection.  Antibiotics do not kill fungus and may actually even accelerate their growth.  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) one is more likely to get a fungal infection when taking an antibiotic.  These people who have been exposed to CRE have most likely already been taking antibiotics because their doctors think they have a bacterial infection.  And then the fungus grows with more antibiotics.

Once the poisonous mycotoxins have been deposited in our tissues, no autoclave can clean our systems.  It is crucial that our hospitals understand the importance of differentiating between fungal and bacterial infections.  All antibiotic resistant cases should be prescribed live saving antifungals as soon as possible.

We recently touched upon mycotoxins, what they are, what they do and the different types.  Read about this in a previous post, here.

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