Northern Ireland's soil contains bacteria that "can kill four of the best superbugs in the world" and could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance.
- Dirt from County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland contains the bacteria.
- Scientists say the discovery could help develop new drugs in the future
- Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat and could kill millions of people worldwide
Soil found in rural Northern Ireland could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance, researchers believe.
Doctors and scientists are desperately looking for new ways to kill superbugs – and the new finding could pave the way.
A study has found that Fermanagh County dirt can halt the growth of drug-resistant bacteria such as the hospital super crane MRSA.
The discovery was viewed as an "important step forward" in terms of antibiotic resistance, one of the greatest threats to humanity.
The new bacteria that were discovered in the soil of County Fermanagh, streptomyces sp. Myrophorea (pictured under a microscope) can stop the spread of superbugs, including MRSA
Soil from the highlands around the village of Boho near the Irish border has been used as a drug for many years.
According to historians, it has traditionally been wrapped in fabric and has been used inter alia to treat toothache and throat infections.
Now, scientists led by a team from Swansea University have found that it can fight four of the six most common antibiotics. resistant bacteria.
Dirt can arrest the growth of MRSA, Klebsiella pneumoniae, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) and carbenepenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii.
It is not known if the soil could have the same effect two common resistant bacterial species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacteriaceae.
However, it has also been found that they are able to stop differently structured bacteria, including Gram-negative bacteria are more drug-resistant.
"Our discovery is an important step in the fight against antibiotic resistance," said Professor Paul Dyson of Swansea University.
WHAT IS ANTIBIOTIC STABILITY?
For decades, antibiotics were given up unnecessarily by family doctors and hospital staff, and once fed harmless bacteria to superbugs.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that if nothing is done, the world will move into a "post-antibiotic" era.
She claims that common infections such as chlamydia become murderers without immediate solutions being found growing crisis.
Bacteria can become drug-resistant when people ingest wrong doses of antibiotics or are administered unnecessarily.
The lady's chief physician, Dame Sally Davies, claimed in 2016 that the threat of antibiotic resistance is as great as terrorism.
It is estimated that Superbugs will kill 10 million people each year by 2050, with patients once succumbing to harmless bugs.
19659009] Around 700,000 people already die every year from drug-resistant infections, including tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria worldwide.
There have been repeated concerns that medicines will be returned to the "dark age" if antibiotics become ineffective in the coming years.
Apart from existing drugs that are less effective, there were only one or two new antibiotics that have evolved over the last 30 years.
In September, WHO warned that antibiotics are phasing out, as one report found a "serious shortage" of new drugs in the development pipeline.
Without antibiotics, C-sections, at that time it was said that cancer treatments and hip prostheses were "risky".
"Our results show that folklore and traditional medicines must be investigated in the search for new antibiotics."
"Scientists, historians, and archaeologists can all contribute to this task.
" It seems that part of the answer to this very modern problem could lie in the wisdom of the past. "
The researchers from Wales , Brazil, Iraq and Northern Ireland, we Gerry Quinn, who used to live in Boho and knew about the healing properties of the soil.
They found bacteria in the soil – Streptomyces sp. Myrophorea – could inhibit the reproduction of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, However, it has not yet been clarified.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses or fungi are exposed to a drug as often or incorrectly that they learn to be killed by them.
For example, if People do not lose antibiotics or consume small amounts of medications by eating animal products.
When pathogens emit quantities of medication If they are too small to kill, they can learn how to survive treatment.
A high-profile infection is gonorrhea, of which a strain is already completely resistant to first-line antibiotics.
Experts warn that Superbugs could kill 10 million people annually by 2050, harmless bugs.
Dr. Quinn said: "The discovery of antimicrobial substances from Streptomyces sp.myrophorea will find us in the search for new drugs for the treatment of multidrug-resistant bacteria, the cause of many attacks and fatal infections.
"We will now concentrate on the purification and identification of these antibiotics.
" We have also discovered additional antibacterial organisms from the same soil healing that can cover a wider range of multi-drug pathogens. [
The team's research has been published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.