The Four Bacteria of the Apocalypse

Bacteria image from NIH
Howdy, little fellows! Now, behave… (Credit: NIH)

Looks like the fourth horseman continues his ride.

I was just reading my most recent copy of New Scientist (actually, may be one behind), and it has an interesting article about the growing crisis in antibiotics resistance. In particular, an inset report caught my attention with its catchy title: “Four Bacteria of the Apocalypse.” It concerned four particular bacteria that are apparently frightening health experts for due to their powerful resistance to antibiotics–in some cases, including “antibiotics of last resort.”

The four are:

  1. Multi-drug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Half of these cases are untreatable by current drugs.
  2. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The article points out that another staph bacteria has similarly developed a resistance to a last-resort antibiotic–this time, vancomycin. I suppose that means we’ll be hearing about VRSA, or VRS-something, in the near future.
  3. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). This is a gut bacteria, and carbapenems are another group of antibiotics of last resort.
  4. Gonorrhea. The magazine reports that untreatable cases of this sexually transmitted disease have emerged.
The entire article can be found online here (the insert appears to be on page two of the online version).

6 thoughts on “The Four Bacteria of the Apocalypse

  1. God created an abundance of antibiotics in fruits, vegetables and herbs. If we rely on Him and do our part by eating well, we have nothing to fear. [see the LCG Natural Remedies group on Facebook]

  2. Thomas

    These bugs are man-made. Thanks to the abuse (overuse and over-reliance) of antibiotics (and antibiotics have been a gift to those of us born after the early 20th Century) we seem to have shot ourselves in the foot. Natural-selection may not have the wondrous powers that neo-Darwinists claim but it is a real mechanism. We eradicated all but the strongest. That strength has bred true in the descendants of the survivors. Now we are getting worried that they may return the favour.

    May God protect us from ourselves.

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