Whence CRKP?

30 Mar

I am now reading in the medical literature about the super-bug Carbapenem Resistant Klebsiella pneumonia (CRKP) Before I retired, I dealt with more than a few cases of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus aureus) and VRE (Nancomycin Reistant Entercoccus). The overuse and in appropriate consumption of antibiotics in general has lead to these kinds of anitbiotic resistant organisms. In addition, I now hear on the news that radioactivity from the nuclear accident in Japan is spreading across world spread by the wind. We collectively are reassured that the quantitative amount is very small. Now we hear that the water off-shore the defective six pack of reactors is highly contaminated. We are reassured that the ocean will dilute the radioactivity. Japan is still subject to further earthquakes in the future; and I can only conclude that the situation is still very unstable. I am reminded of my medical school days of cultures in Petri dishes, how the organism progressed, and the appearance at the end with overgrowth and death.  If we consider the earth one huge Petri dish, will the same process take place on a grand scale? or will Mother Nature bail humans out in the face of an ever increasing population numbers? It seems to me, we are not creating a suitable legacy for our descendents these days.


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