All over the world, newer and even more dangerous strains of Carbapenem resistant bacteria are emerging. Therefore, the race is on to find a cure for the same but so far, little headway has been made in this area. Medical practitioners from all parts of the world are on the lookout for bacteria that show strains of Carbapenem, meaning that such are resistant to the antibiotic. While a lot of good has been done by the antibiotics. The truth is that as more resistant strains appear on the scene, there is cause for alarm. After all, if the carbapenems are the best antibiotics in the market, and they fail to treat that, what else will? The good news is that intense research is going on and even as bacteria that are more resistant appear from areas as far as Japan, where recently, a rare form of gonorrhea has emerged, the hope is still alive that there will be a cure soon.
One thing with bacteria is that they continue to evolve and develop every day, thus outpacing the medical fraternity in its evolution and development. Does this paint a grim picture for the future? Yes and no. The good thing though is that advanced medical technology is making it even easier to develop cures faster. Although there may be a hitch in the first few years of the resistant bacteria emerging, the truth is that sooner or later, a cure is found and that bacteria is arrested.
Medical news from the leading researches shows that indeed, there are many drug resistant bacteria. But the most dangerous among them is the klebsiella pneumonia which experts agree is mutating fast and is more cunning than anyone thought. It is slowly gaining on the research carried out medical experts in New York and has fast become resistant to the same carbapenems that had priory worked so well against it. What happens is that the bacteria learn to produce enzymes that are able to resist the debilitating effects of the carbapenems. And it does not stop there, because the same bacteria can spread this ability to more bacteria. At the end of the day, what we have are carbapenems that do not work. Note that this does not only apply to these antibiotics, but it also applies to others in the market. Suddenly, one antibiotic will be doing so well and then gradually, it will start to lose its potency against the bacteria. This is very discouraging indeed.
Enterobactericeae is proving to be a threat too big for any Carbapenem to deal with. On the same note though is the fact that patients who carry such bacteria are showing very complicated reactions. This is because a myriad of reactions are appearing all at once. In some patients also, it has been noted that they are exhibiting no symptoms, thus rendering them as dangerous potential reservoirs from the antibiotic resistant bacteria. The danger of not showing any symptoms is that one will assume that they are alright and at the same time, they will be spreading the resistant bacteria to everyone left and right, albeit unknowingly.
However, degrees of the risk of getting the antibiotic resistant bacteria are not the same. Patients who are long-hospitalized or are frequently in and out of hospital may have a higher risk of this than people who do not. P. Aeruginosa and other bacterium types can only be picked in hospitals. Thus, there is a dire need for frequent screening in case one becomes a reservoir for the bacteria without their knowledge. Even though there is no cure, at least one will know what to do so as not to spread the Carbapenem resistant infections to other people in the family and elsewhere.