Many people contract viruses or different types of bacteria each day. However, there are superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics and other drugs that are responsible for the death of at least one person in the United States every 15 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are about 35,000 people each year who contract this kind of bug and don’t survive. According to CNN, these superbugs have mutated to a point where they are able to fight off medications in the same way the body is trying to fight off the bug.
There are at least five superbugs that the CDC has been researching and trying to stop with new medications, but these bugs seem to be mutating faster than medications can be made and given to those who contract them. In 2013, there were only three superbugs that were on the CDC watch list, which means that there are more bugs circulating in the country. It could also mean that there are more mutations occurring in a shorter length of time. Some superbugs are believed to have started teaching others how to become stronger through genetic changes that are made.
Once a superbug has mutated, it begins to fight against antibiotics, which are the medications that are supposed to kill the bug. Hospital infections are decreasing, but that isn’t what the CDC is concerned about. The CDC is concerned that more superbugs are being contracted in public areas. There is no clear indication as to which areas could be impacted. It could be schools or community centers where large groups of people gather together. Although superbugs are known for impacting the elderly and those with low immune systems a bit more than those who are healthy, superbugs can invade anyone. Most superbugs strike fast and overtake the body in a short time, often resulting in the death of the person who contracted the bug.