posted on Aug, 11 2010 @ 08:52 AM
Originally posted by Doc Velocity
Sheesh. ANOTHER "global pandemic" brought to you by a medical community that can't identify nor trace the source of any given "super bug," but
they're certain that it's going global.
Yeah, right. HIV/AIDS and H1N1 and Ebola and all the other global menaces utterly failed to fulfill the doomsday prophecies.
Interesting, don't you think, that this new "super bug" is making its debut in the most heavily-funded socialized healthcare system in the world,
the British NHS?
— Doc Velocity
Please don't confuse medical consensus with pop culture talking points. It has never been suggested by any reliable medical body that HIV/AIDS or
ebola were "global menaces", unless you were in the risk groups (IV drug user for HIV or eating bushmeat for ebola, for example).
The reason this is called a "super bug" isn't because they think it is going to be a pandemic or because it is unnaturally strong. Superbug is the
term given to any bacterial strain that has developed resistance to a commonly used antibiotic. It makes it harder, but not impossible, to treat.
As for is showing up in England, their healthcare system has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's just freak chance based on antibiotic use. Most
superbugs have shown up in the United States first because people here use antibiotics like they're TicTacs. It's less likely to occur in England
due to lower antibiotic use, but isn't an impossibility. It's all based on mutation rate and challenge rate.