What happens if antibiotics stop working?

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The problem encompasses the entire globe and is influenced by factors relating to medical treatment of humans and animals, but also food production, water safety, sanitation, trade, tourism and industry. Infection Surgeon Silje Bakken Jørgensen has looked at this in his recently graduated doctorate.

Antibiotics Resistance is one of today’s greatest medical challenges. The Department of Infection Surveillance, Silje Bakken Jørgensen, has researched antibiotic-resistant bacteria in patients and how they are spread between people and the environment.

In his next project, Jørgensen will investigate how antibiotics affect the intestinal flora and the emergence of antibiotics resistance. 
Jørgensen has researched anitibiotic resistant bacteria ever since 2011.

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Jørgensen has helped to develop knowledge about the risk factors that affect the susceptibility of resistant bacteria. 
“The study has shown that the same bacteria that cause disease in humans are spread further with sewage. These can also be found in water at popular bathing beaches, “says Jørgensen.

The research to Jørgensen shows that the cultivation study of abrasion tests and water samples shows which antibiotic resistant bacteria are present. To achieve this, she has used advanced molecular genetic methods (called weekend sequencing) to map the genetic mechanisms behind the antibiotic resistance and the pathogenicity of bacteria.

New recommendations for infection protection

The results of the research can contribute to new recommendations for infection protection in the health service and improved monitoring of antibiotic resistance. 
Antibiotic resistance is a problem all over the world, and in recent years it has not been possible to produce new antibiotic types.

Therefore, it is important that we control the spread of the most resistant bacteria, avoiding unnecessary antibiotic use that accelerates resistance development. In the process of understanding the spread of the antibiotic resistance in society, we are benefiting from the development of cheaper and better genome sequencing methods, including nanopore sequencing, which I am now participating in new projects, “says Jørgensen.
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