The Daily Dose: Notes from the post-Antibiotic era

Predictions of the post-antibiotic era are common these days. Yet while everyone knows it’s coming, people are understandably short on details. Enter modeling. Scientists are now trying to get a better picture of what’s in store, yet it’s not easy. The paucity of data makes it difficult to build adequate models. This study discusses different options.

Keeping on the subject of AMR modeling, this study addresses the fact that over-use of antibiotics leads to increased resistance, particularly in lower- to middle-income countries. According to the authors, they “present how amalgamating three components: socio-economic growth, population ecology of infectious disease, and antibiotic misuse can instinctively incite proliferation of resistance in the society.”

Public health officials are well aware that any attempts at addressing the AMR problem entails a multidisciplinary approach. Unfortunately, getting everyone on the same page isn’t so easy. According to the authors of this study, “there is a lack of multi-disciplinary partnerships that allow for strategic cooperation between different sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry, agro-alimentary complex, patient care and education, NGOs and research and development.” They propose a solution. (And we like solutions at SCINQ.)

Finally, this study analyzed “the medical costs (in 2015 Canadian dollars) of 3 reportable travel-related infectious diseases (hepatitis A, malaria, and enteric fever) that accrued during a 3-year period.” Costs ranged from $2,000 CAD to nearly $8,000 CAD.

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