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The CDC reports encouraging trend with antibiotic resistance in foodborne illnesses

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Amarillo, TX - After years and years of antibiotic misuse leading to the creation of superbugs, people may finally be changing their ways when it comes to popping a pill at the first sign of a cold.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has been battling antibiotic resistance in humans for many years because of widespread antibiotic use and misuse, but a recent study reveals they are finally seeing a positive trend. The study compared foodborne illnesses in 2012 to the past 10 years and found multi-drug resistant Salmonella decreased across the United States.

Health officials say this means treating patients with antibiotics to cure Salmonella should be more effective, and that could be the case for other superbugs in the future.

"With more antibiotic use, the less effective those antibiotics are," explained Amarillo Department of Public Health Interim Director Casie Stoughton. "So we want to encourage good antibiotic use within our community."

When you do need an antibiotic, Stoughton said there is any easy way to help prevent antibiotic resistance in germs that most people don't think about. "A lot of times patients will be prescribed antibiotics and they'll take just enough until they feel better, but they don't finish the entire course of their prescribed antibiotics. And that can definitely lead to antibiotic resistance. So we encourage patients when their doctors prescribe them antibiotics to take the whole prescription, even if you feel better a few days in."

While the study shows some success in declining resistance, some superbugs are still prevailing. For example, the CDC found a strand of the Salmonella pathogen causing typhoid fever actually saw an increase in antibiotic resistance, meaning the common treatment for typhoid fever may not work in many cases.The CDC said antibiotic-resistant infections from foodborne germs like Salmonella cause about 430,000 illnesses in the U.S. each year.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10
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