Sandeep (Sandy) Bhaurla
In 1945, after receiving the Nobel Prize for discovering penicillin, Sir Alexander Fleming said, “The thoughtless person playing with penicillin treatment is morally responsible for the death of the man who succumbs to infection with the penicillin-resistant organism.”
If only Fleming knew what was happening today.
“Superbugs”, or multiple-drug resistant organisms, are increasingly threatening our health and safety. The rise of these superbugs are attributed to many factors, including highly-promiscuous genetic elements and, more notably, inappropriate antibiotic use. While healthcare facilities and governmental agencies are working to stop the spread of these deadly infections, there are also steps the public can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.
In observance of the CDC’s Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, I hope to share intriguing and important information that you can use in helping to stop the spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in our communities.
To get smart about antibiotic use, please visit the CDC site for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/
Sandeep (Sandy) Bhaurla is an epidemiologist who works on antimicrobial-resistant infections at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.