An estimate of 700,000 people dies due to antibiotic resistance every year. It is projected that ten million people will die annually due to anti-microbial resistance (AMR) factors should there be no global response made to support AMR. This is the concern of many mothers.
Superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) killed more Americans annually than those with HIV/AIDS, emphysema, Parkinson’s disease, and homicide. The technology is there to prove it.
BIOFILM IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
Anti-microbial resistance is a global concern. Although this is not a widely known pandemic, it has cost so many lives among humans and animals that it needs to be studied immediately to obtain any cure or preventive measures. The first factor to look upon in this pandemic is the formation of biofilms in bacteria.
Such formation can strengthen the resistance of bacteria on antimicrobials, antibiotics, disinfectants, and even the immune system by up to a thousand times. If this phenomenon continues to prevail, it will lead to a serious antibiotic resistance crisis and will make some medication useless.
IMPACT OF BIOFILM AMONG ANIMALS
The development of biofilm can lead to serious animal and livestock health problems.
For your pets, it can:
- Cause systemic diseases like respiratory diseases, heart diseases, pancreatic cancer, obesity, and even diabetes.
- Lead to atopic dermatitis that can cause itchy inflamed skin that is hard to treat.
- Cause ear infections, which is the top reason why dogs are taken to vet clinics.
- Lead to periodontal diseases among cats and dogs. This usually happens when they are nearing 3 years.
Make treatment impossible and can catalyze reoccurrences of infections.
For your livestock, it can:
- Cause mastitis, a common disease among milking cows.
- Lead to serious health problems among poultry, especially when they take in food and water passing through pipes and feeders that have biofilms in them.
- Can cause repetitive diseases and reinfections on cattle, especially dairy cows.
IMPACT OF BIOFILM AMONG HUMANS
As this is something that will null a human person’s immunity levels, the most disturbing problem when biofilm infests human health is the slow recovery and repair of wounds. Other health concerns include:
- Eczema that affects children below five years old. This is a chronic inflammation on the skin that can be itchy and cause scabs and rashes on it.
- Seborrheic dermatitis, another chronic skin inflammation that forms scaly patches, itching, red skin, and stubborn dandruff.
- This can slow down treatment effectivity on those with athlete’s foot, and other disseminated fungal diseases, which can be hard to treat if neglected
- Chronic wounds on skins that can be infected with fungi and other harmful bacteria
- Wounds caused by diabetes are not properly healing and keeps an opening that can be infected with harmful bacteria and fungi.
- Diabetic foot ulcer that can lead to amputation when not treated immediately
IMPACT OF BIOFILM IN THE COMMUNITY
Health care and food safety will be jeopardized when biofilm production is not addressed immediately. Usually, poor hygiene, sporadic and delayed disinfection, and keeping a dirty work and home environment promotes biofilm production. This can create a hazardous environment that can lead to more biofilm production and make disease-causing bacteria and viruses stronger and more immune from any type of medication.