Growing antibiotic-resistant superbugs in South Africa a major concern

Doctors in South Africa are urged to keep tabs on the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in the country. This is amid reports of antibiotic resistance (ABR) worldwide.

Research shows that about 60% of antibiotics that are prescribed for acute respiratory infection are actually inappropriate. This is according to antimicrobial portfolio manager at Pharma Dynamics, Annemarie Blackmore.

One of the problems is that the clinical symptoms of bacterial viral infections are very similar. When you are visiting your doctor, they have to make a clinical judgement as to what the cause is. The only way for them to know is to take a sample and send it to the lab to be tested but that could be very expensive.

Annemarie Blackmore, antimicrobial portfolio manager at Pharma Dynamics

I also think the large part of the problem is the public because we live a very fast-paced life and we want to feel better almost immediately.

Annemarie Blackmore, antimicrobial portfolio manager at Pharma Dynamics

Blackmore says it is important that patients are aware of these issues and guard against them. She says it is essential that we don't use antibiotics unless they are prescribed by a doctor and use them correctly without sharing them with family members.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Growing antibiotic-resistant superbugs in South Africa a major concern


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