Air Pollution to Antibiotic Resistance: An alarming study linked air pollution to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This weakens bacterial infection therapies.
The Lancet Planetary Health study examined 116 country statistics for 20 years. Hong Chen’s team reported on Monday. Air pollution causes 11% of antibiotic resistance worldwide. Particle pollution may cause harm.
Air and drug resistance threaten global health. Chen summarized their findings and noted how horrible things are. Though beneficial, the study is data-based. It shows that the two things are related but doesn’t say who made what or how.
According to the WHO, pneumonia and TB are tougher to cure, increasing treatment resistance. Chen and his team modeled PM2.5 pollution’s effect on bacteria’s antibiotic sensitivity. The study discovered a troubling correlation between air pollution and medicine resistance.
PM2.5 is airborne solids and liquids. Coal, automobiles, building, and burning cause it. WHO describes how bacteria, fungi, and parasites acquire antibiotic-resistant. Infection treatment is tougher.
This study found that air pollution, poor sanitation, hospital infection control, abusing medications, and giving animals too many antibiotics are the main reasons antibiotics don’t function as well. Every 1% air pollution reduces antibiotic efficacy by 0.5% to 1.9%, depending on the condition.
Even though further research is needed to verify this link, the results could be better. The study predicts 17% of antibiotics will fail by 2050. Drug failure might kill 840,000.
New information is alarming. The CDC reported over 35,000 antibiotic-resistant illness deaths in 2019. Just 2019. Over 5 million people die worldwide yearly; forecasts say that number might climb to tens of millions in the following decades.
Experts claim it persists. University of Illinois microbiology professor Brenda Wilson told the American Society for Microbiology how horrible it was. Drug resistance had decreased in the U.S. before COVID-19. Antibiotic-resistant deaths fell 18% from 2012 to 2017. Hospitals fell 30%.
The outbreak was devastating. Antibiotic use increased, infection control decreased, and resistant infections in U.S. hospitals increased due to 2020 requirements. The CDC reported 15% more hospital-acquired resistance cases and fatalities that year. All non-hospital illnesses and deaths are being collected.
The study reveals that chaos requires immediate action. Air pollution causes medication resistance. This could prevent life-threatening treatments from failing.