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Some call it horror and some call it the super germ but now our always known regular bacteria those one-celled creatures once considered under control with antibiotics have invaded our hospitals and headlines with a vengeance The vengeance used against us is caused by an existing organism called necrotizing fasciitis the so-called flesh-eating bacteria caused by Group A streptococcus What this organism does is progressively destroy the human body tissue all the way to the bone This organism has amazingly outsmarted us of even our most potent drugs In our community right now medical researchers are testing antibiotics that may have chemicals to disable the resistance of this organism But while research continues it is vital to be aware of how these deadly germs spread and what we can do to prevent them Long before humans discovered antibiotics they existed in nature So naturally after penicillin was introduced some germs were already naturally resistant to the drug As we used more and more of the antibiotics we incidentally caused drug-resistant germs to progress So even if youve never misused antibiotics you could still become infected by bacterium most drugs wont kill For each drug there are germs genetically programmed to survive- some w outer walls tough for antibiotic to cross others with ways to dump the drugs back out before they can work and yet others can inactivate the antibiotic Even worse by passing tiny packets of genetic material to other bacteria these survivor germs sometimes also pass the formula for resistance to the other bacteria The best way you can protect yourself and your family against drug-resistant bacteria is by using antibiotics correctly Taking them when theyre not needed encourages the takeover of drug-resistant strains in your body Redbook pg95 Thats because when antibiotics are given the normal bacteria in your body are killed off leaving lots of bacterial parking spaces open And the germ left to fill them is the drug-resistant
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