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The World Health Organization has sounded the alarm about the next big danger to all of us.
In a new report, the WHO says so-called superbugs will eventually kill more people than HIV in the world. The report says the problem is not just in foreign countries, but here in the United States.
Doctors have seen the problem in the Tampa area.
Doris Castillo lives a healthy life. She is not surprised by the report and said it's more of a reason to live without antibiotics or any type of pills.
"No aspirin, no Tylenol,” she said. “Nothing. Just peas. Green tea. Juice."
The WHO warns that ordinary bacteria is evolving, but antibiotics are not.
The organization has seen a sharp increase in drug resistant bacteria around the world. The new report says "the problem is so serious that it threatens the achievement of modern medicine."
Tampa doctor Antoinina Watkins said the problem is also here in Tampa.
"It's getting more difficult to control just your routine, everyday infections,” she said. “These aren't things people pick up in third-world countries. These are things that people come in contact with every day of their life."
Watkins said two things help make the bacteria drug resistant. One is people not completing the full course of prescribed antibiotics. She adds, "They suddenly feel better after a few days and throw away the rest or keep it on hold for future uses, which leads to resistance." The other problem according to Watkins is people demanding antibiotics and doctors giving them for ailments that don't need them, such as the common cold.
She believes it's not too late to slow down the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria's through limiting prescription use. Still, she adds, as long as bacteria adapts to new medication this is an issue that won't be solved.
The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization want better prevention, detection and response to address infectious diseases. The president’s new budget sets aside $30 million for this problem.