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Babies fall victim to Superbugs (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Babies dying on account of Superbugs
Infected with ‘superbugs’ in birth facilities within 72 hours of being born, thousands of Indian babies are dying due to an ‘alarming degree’ of drug resistance, a major study has found.
The researchers found that nearly 26 per cent of babies with sepsis died as multi-drug resistance made the ailment untreatable.

Epidemic-like situation
Witnessing overwhelming evidence of rampant antibiotic resistance, across all ages, all over the country, this worrying epidemic-like situation is a result of overuse of antibiotics in humans, agriculture and livestock.

Superbugs associated
Three ‘superbugs’ — Klebsiella, Acinetobacter , and E. coli — were associated with over half (53 per cent) of the infections.

What are Superbugs?
Superbugs are strain of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotic drugs.

How do they develop anti-biotic Resistance?
Superbugs develop resistance from anti-biotics on account of following factors:
1. Overuse of Anti-biotics
2. Non-completion of Anti-Biotic Course
 



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