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What exactly is the Superbug Crisis?

Thursday 26 October 2017

Food for thought poster frontThe ‘superbug crisis’ is an issue many of us are unaware of, but something that could affect us all.

Experts have warned that it is “almost too late” to avert a future superbug crisis, with scientists only having a “50/50 chance” of preventing a global problem.

But what exactly is this crisis that is causing so much concern among leading figures in the health industry?

Since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1929, patients have been using antibiotics to help them recover from all manner of ailments; from viral infections, joint and muscle pain to more serious illnesses such as pneumonia.

However, as antibiotic use has become more widespread in society, bacteria has become more resistant to drugs and developed into more powerful forms – making the antibiotics less powerful in fighting off the bacteria.

And there is a real concern that a new brand types of 'superbug' could develop which would be resistant to most forms of medication.

Scientists and experts have long debated what has caused this perilous situation.

Many critics have claimed that medicine is overused in treating minor infections such as common colds, while others have pointed to the use of antibiotics in meat products and the agricultural industry.

So what is to blame? Tonight, Queens Cross, together with Glasgow Caledonian University’s Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention Research Group, will be discussing just that.

The session is on from 6-8pm on 26 October 2017 at the Mackintosh Church, 870 Garscube Road. Food and refreshments are provided.