Over the past decade, there has been a lot of news coverage on superbugs that have made their way to North America and pose threats to the health of the general public. While many of the superbugs have only affected a small number of people, some of them are highly dangerous and many can cause serious long-term damage, and in the worst case, even death. On top of the dangers of these super bugs, there are many misconceptions about them. Not understanding the true risks and dangers can cause unnecessary hysteria or taking the wrong precautions that risk the health of others. Being aware of these superbug threats, where they’re from and how they’re spread is important to protect your own health and the health of those around you. So here’s a review of the biggest, baddest superbug threats to your health…
1. Clostridium difficile
Clostridium difficile, or more commonly known as C. difficile, can cause watery diarrhea, as well as stomach pain and cramping, fever, and nausea. Severe diarrhea and conditions that cause inflammation in the colon can be very serious and dangerous to your health. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most common superbugs that causes outbreaks at hospitals in North America. The bacteria can be transmitted quickly in care facilities, posing even more risk to the sick people residing there. There’s medication to treat the superbug, but there is always a risk of it returning.
C. difficile often occurs from taking strong, long-term antibiotics because it not only fights the illness you’re taking it for, but also results in eliminating many of the good germs in your digestive tract. This makes the person susceptible to developing C. difficile through touching surfaces with traces of contaminated feces. People touch their mouths and face a lot more than they notice, so if someone (or several people in the case of hospital or long-term care facilities) is infected and doesn’t properly wash their hands, it’s easy to transmit the disease.