“Urgent Threats” in the Health World
Three forms of bacteria are now deemed as “Urgent Threats” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is due to the overuse of antibiotics and the evolution of the bacteria itself, CNN reported.
“Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria,” The Missouri Department of Health told CNN.
E. Coli, C-Diff and Gonorrhea are all included in this threat.
The CDC has rolled out a 4-step plan to deal with the threat but urges consumers to take precautions.
Patients should practice basic health precautions such as washing their hands and avoiding taking antibiotics unless it’s necessary.
This ranking system is a new development of the CDC and range from “urgent”, “serious” and “concerning” threats.