Super Bacteria Coming to Kill Us Is Imminent,"People Will Die" Says WHO



Science Says Super Bacteria Coming to Kill Us Is Imminent, "People Will Die"

Because you don't have enough to worry about. 
According to a study published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, scientists in China have discovered significantly increased levels of bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin in pigs. The drug is a last line of defense against a host of bacterial infections, many of which are common in people. Researchers said they expect the resistant bacteria to spread outside of China, if it has not already done so.
"What is particularly worrying about this is the mechanism of this resistance means that it can spread very easily between species. So global spread is likely." Liz Tayler of the World Health Organization told BBC4 Radio. "This paper suggests that this has already spread out of China and into Malaysia."
According to the study, researchers stumbled upon the antibiotic-resistant bacteria during a "routine surveillance project," testing antimicrobial resistance to E. coli in China's food animals. In the E. coli-infected test subjects, 21% of animals contained the colistin-resistant bacteria, as well as 15% of raw meat samples and 1% human patients. 
"Some people will have untreatable infections and will start to die," Tayler said. "We have to take action now."
.Science Says Super Bacteria Coming to Kill Us Is Imminent,
Researchers linked the growing prevalence of super-germs to the overuse of antibiotics in food animals, a consequence food experts have long predicted. The drugs, used predominantly in the Chinese livestock industry, can keep animals healthy in an industrialized food process, but their use over time can embolden the very bacteria they were designed to fight against. In 2005, the European Union banned the use of antibiotics in livestock for non-medicinal purposes, but the drugs are still widely used across the continent, and are rampant in the agricultural industry in the United States.
Tayler cited a strain of untreatable, drug-resistant gonorrhea, which has been on the rise since at least 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States saw more than 350,000 cases of the infection in 2014 and while most of those were treatable, the evidence continues to suggest that's changing.
The concern over untreatable infections garnered attention in the United States after reports that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, related illnesses are on the rise. A variation on the common Staph infection, local news reports of seemingly healthy people coming down with the bug, and its life-threatening consequences, have proliferated. MRSA kills more than 11,000 people in the United States every year.
But with drug use still rampant among food animals, it's likely this won't be the last story you read about antibiotic-resistant super-germs.
So go wash your hands. But perhaps reach for the Clorox this time. 
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Video:Egypt detects 'impressive' anomaly in Giza pyramids



Secret Room May Have Been Found in Khufu Pyramid — Full Details

A little over two weeks into an ambitious project to use thermal scanning technology to "see through" the Giza pyramids in Egypt researchers have made several mystifying discoveries in the form of t. The first phase of the #ScanPyramids project came to a close on Nov. 8, at which point the Ministry of Antiquities was ready to share initial findings with journalists at a press conference on Monday in Giza, Egypt, located southwest of Cairo. 
Thermal scanning the Egyptian pyramids is a joint undertaking by The Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University and the Heritage, Innovation, Preservation Institute. Researchers are using muon radiography, a technique which was used
.Secret Room May Have Been Found in Khufu Pyramid — Full Details
A press conference was held in front of the Khufu Pyramid in Giza, Egypt on Monday. Source: Nariman El-Mofty/AP
.Secret Room May Have Been Found in Khufu Pyramid — Full Details
Researchers share thermal anomalies found while scanning the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Source: Nariman El-Mofty/AP
"At the end of the first mission of #ScanPyramids, the teams of the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, and the HIP Institute have concluded the existence of several thermal anomalies that were observed on all monuments during the heating up or the cooling down phases," reads a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, which was shared to Facebook on Tuesday. The ministry continues:
"Among the various identified thermal anomalies, the team have observed a particularly impressive one located on the eastern side of the Khufu Pyramid at ground level. It is interesting to observe that while sometimes temperature differences of 0.1 to 0.5 degrees are detected between two adjacent stones from limestone of different qualities, the #ScanPyramids infrared team has detected in this zone an area of few blocks having up to 6 degrees gap with neighboring blocks!" 
.Secret Room May Have Been Found in Khufu Pyramid — Full Details
Thermal camera footage captures anomalies detected in the limestone blocks of the Khufu Pyramid. Source: Nariman El-Mofty/AP
According to the ministry's release, there could be a number of considerations to explain the thermal anomalies, including difference in materials and internal air currents. Yet another explanation for the thermal scanning results, per the release, could be voids behind the limestone blocks that makeup the base of the Khufu Pyramid. Those voids could mean forgotten rooms await researchers' discovery. 
The ministry expects to continue its analysis on the data collected in phase one of its project and said it would begin to formulate hypotheses on its discoveries during the next phase of #ScanPyramids. Speaking at the press conference in Giza on Monday, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty welcomed all Egyptologists, particularly those with knowledge of ancient Egyptian architecture, to join in the research process and help devise hypotheses, the Associated Press reports. 
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty briefs reporters at Monday's press conference in Giza
The Ministry of Antiquities and the HIP Institute shared a teaser for the project via YouTube on Oct. 26, one day after they began the undertaking. 
"Just because a mystery is 4,500 years old doesn't mean it can't be solved," reads the video's explainer. 
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