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. http://bit.ly/2GVMcmr

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.” https://go.nature.com/2YQFMvc

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.) http://bit.ly/2YQGw3s

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. http://bit.ly/2YQGN6u

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