Ciprofloxacin is one of those antibiotics, and researchers have found that have been found in people, suggesting that the bugs spread from the birds to humans.In this chart from the report, the trends in resistance are clear.People suffered from UTIs long before antibiotics were discovered in the early twentieth century, of course.
that usually cause UTIs crawl up the urinary tract, they can cause kidney failure and fatal blood poisoning.
But antibiotics may not be saving us from UTIs for very much longer.
Scientists tracking UTIs from 2000 to 2010 found a dramatic uptick in cases caused by resistant to the drug trimethoprim-sulfame-thoxazole jumped from 17.9% to 24.2%.
These are two of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics used to treat UTIs.
The truth is, though, before antibiotics we had no real treatment.
Sicknesses resembling UTIs have been described in medical texts for thousands of years, by everyone from the ancient Greeks and Chinese to the pioneers of evidence-based medicine in the early 1900s.
Some of these doctors prescribed various tinctures, ointments, and special diets to deal with the symptoms, but in cases in which the infection spread to the bladder and kidneys and beyond, they were fairly helpless.
When they are not effective, doctors must turn to more toxic drugs, and the more those drugs are used, the less effective they in turn become.
When those drugs stop working, doctors will be left with a drastically reduced toolkit with which to fight infection.
and other bacteria is due to the fact that antibiotics are being overprescribed, handed out to patients who have no bacterial infections.
There is also evidence that the genes that give bacteria resistance to drugs are being spread in livestock farming operations, where antibiotics are a common ingredient in animal feed.