Superbugs pose an ‘alarming’ public health threat, EU warns

Superbug bacteria that has evolved to be resistant to widely-used antibiotics has been found in people, animals and food across the European Union.
Resistance to two last-resort antibiotics was also detected at low-levels for the first time in animals and food, during annual monitoring for an EU-wide report into antimicrobial resistance in bacteria.
The two last-resort medicines are usually only used to treat patients who are infected with multi-drug resistant superbugs.
A total of 25,000 people die from superbugs in the EU every year, according to the report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Disease and safety experts have warned that superbugs pose a serious threat to both public and animal health across the EU.
“Antimicrobial resistance is an alarming threat putting human and animal health in danger,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU’s health and food safety commissioner.
“We have put substantial efforts to stop its rise, but this is not enough.
“We must be quicker, stronger and act on several fronts.”
Antibiotic resistance is caused when antibiotics are overused or misused, encouraging bacteria to survive and find new ways of beating the medicines.
The report found that multi-drug resistance is high across the EU in Salmonella bacteria.
The ECDC’s chief scientist, Mike Catchpole, said he was particularly concerned that some common types of Salmonella in humans are showing extremely high multi-drug resistances.
“Prudent use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine is extremely important,” he said.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure that antibiotics keep working.”
There was geographical variation in the levels of multi-drug resistant bacteria across the EU.
Countries in northern and western Europe have lower resistance levels than countries in the south and the east.
Experts said this was likely due to differences in the level of use and overuse of antibiotics in different countries.
Courtesy of Sky News

Radioactive Particles Detected Across Europe; Authorities Silent

Radiation Alert
The radioactive particles were first detected during the second week of January 2017 in Norway.
The nuclear radiation appears to have come from Eastern Europe, but no official statements have been made as to the source.
Radioactive particles are generally associated with nuclear bombs or nuclear energy disasters such as as Chernobyl and Fukushima.
In Norway, Astrid Liland, Head of the Emergency Preparedness at the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority suggested there was no concerns for public health.
Particulate Iodine-131 (value +/- uncertainty) in the atmosphere(µBq/m3. Map by Institute de Radioprotection et de Süreté Nucléaire
She told the Barents Observer, “We do measure small amounts of radioactivity in air from time to time because we have very sensitive measuring equipment. The measurements at Svanhovd in January were very, very low. So were the measurements made in neighboring countries, like Finland. The levels raise no concern for humans or the environment. Therefore, we believe this had no news value.”
The Western mainstream media however, is in overdrive with accusations suggesting Vladimir Putin detonated a Nuclear Device.
The US Air Force has sent a special WC-135 Constant Phoenix, an aircraft specializing in detecting and identifying nuclear explosions to the UK.
Other online sources, suggest the radiation spike is due to “sloppy” tests carried out on natural gas pipeline leaks.
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