How Consumers May Be At Risk
How could this be? According to Davies, bacteria adapts and changes quickly in an effort to thrive. She cited growing reports of antibiotic resistant E. coli, gonorrhea, and even tuberculosis. These previously treatable bacteria infections could be deadly to our population. Absent antibiotics to kill them, we could all be at risk for death.
The World Health Organization warns that there are no new antibiotics and claims we are breeding resistant strains of bacteria into existence because of their drug resistance. The organization warns that "many common infections will no longer have a cure, and once again, kill unabated."
To Prevent Infections
There is no foolproof way to prevent infection unless you're living in a sterile bubble. Absent that bubble, the world is full of organisms that could infect you if you get a cut or have surgery. But with proper precautions, you can minimize your risk in the following ways:
- frequent hand washing
- proper nutrition
- cooking foods well
- using condoms
- not using illicit drugs
- do not take antibiotics for longer than prescribed
If you develop an infection, seek medical treatment to prevent further injury. If your infection was the result of an accident due to someone else's negligence or carelessness, you may also want to contact an attorney.