What are superbugs? We keep hearing about them on social media, the radio, and the news. Are they actually bugs? Let's begin with just a little history of why we use this term. In 1928, the incredible antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered by Alexander Fleming and the first U.S. patient was treated in 1942. Until then, antibacterial copper was actually utilized in many hospitals and health care establishments which killed many of the bacteria. Dr. Fleming predicted that people will become resistant to antibiotics which will cause other diseases. In 1947, five years after the first US patient was treated with penicillin, an infection resistant to it was reported. Other antibiotics, such as Vancomycin, was approved in 1958 to treat the resistant bacteria. In 1986, bacteria resistant to this very strong antibiotic, was reported and thus the term 'Superbugs' has been coined.
The CDC reported in 2013, the number of people who die from these 'superbugs' is 23,000 people a year, including MRSA and at least 2 million people become infected with these drug-resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, the latest research suggests that we are in the era of 'Super-superbugs' which are antibiotic-resistant bacteria which are not only difficult to treat, but contrary to the belief that they become weak, they appear to be 'fitter' in general. This indicates that they survive in the host and cause even more infections.
In 2017, the World Health Organization and the United Nations released a list of 'superbugs' that pose the 'GREATEST THREAT TO HUMAN HEALTH' because they are resistant to most or all known antibiotic medicines. If we don't stop the spread of these superbugs, WHO is predicting there will be 10 million deaths a year around the world! Our CuVerro Shield antibacterial copper kills the superbugs listed by WHO:
1.Pseudomonas aeruginosa 2.Enterobacter aerogenes 3.Vancomycin-Resistant enterococcus faecalis (VRE) 4. MRSA The European Union has approved even more 'superbug' bacteria which are killed by the antibacterial copper. www.antimicrobialcopper.org/UK