Epidemic outbreaks have been known to be evolving continually. Infections can lead to threats that might spread globally. Fortunately, health care experts, infectious disease specialists, and clinicians are all knowledgeable on which pathogens or national crises could bring the next major outbreak.
Candida Auris used to be the world’s number one emerging infection last 2018. It should remain a concern this 2019. It is a type of yeast that is hard to identify, will most likely cause outbreaks in hospitals or any health care settings, and is resistant to various drugs. Five hundred cases were recorded in the United States last December 21, 2018. According to Tom Chiller, MD, MPH, who is chief of the Mycotic Diseases Branch, “It’s unfortunately easily transmitted. It’s on our skin so it can readily contaminate health care environments. It’s difficult to treat because of multidrug resistance, and it causes severe infections like invasive candidiasis.”
The magnifying hesitancy to vaccinate children has intensified throughout the year. Without vaccination, the possibility of infectious diseases that were once eliminated re-emerging is highly significant. A famous news site once reported that several cities in the United States had measles cases. The disease was considered eliminated in 2000, but statistics show that there were 290 cases in the US within the year, with zero deaths following.
You can ask any infectious disease specialists and pharmacists what they fear the most. Antibiotic resistance is most likely on top of the list. David Van Duin, MD, Ph.D., once wrote in an issue of Contagion that said, “Antimicrobial resistance is an important public health threat. Higher rates of antimicrobial resistance have several harmful effects, and antimicrobial resistance is recognized as a global crisis for which urgent interventions are needed.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once released a list of threats for antibiotic resistance in 2013 and is aiming at updating that list to be published this 2019.
The Opioid Epidemic
According to various experts and specialists, the opioid epidemic could become the next most significant outbreak. The number of hospitalizations and surgeries for the replacement of valves has increased exponentially. This also means that infective endocarditis due to using intravenous drugs has also spiked. People who do the injection process when applying drugs intravenously are also more prone to acquiring HIV and hepatitis – B, C, and A.
Additionally; they are also highly at risk for MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) bloodstream infection.
Always consult your doctor if ever you feel any new sensations in your body. Outbreaks are challenging to detect so its best to always stay alert. Also, make sure you have your life insurance to back you up and guarantee you and your family death benefits.
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