Norway Reduces Infections by Reducing Antibiotic Use

Posted on February 27, 2010  Comments (7)

Norway conquers infections by cutting use of antibiotics

Twenty-five years ago, Norwegians were also losing their lives to this bacteria. But Norway’s public health system fought back with an aggressive program that made it the most infection-free country in the world. A key part of that program was cutting back severely on the use of antibiotics.

Now a spate of new studies from around the world prove that Norway’s model can be replicated with extraordinary success, and public health experts are saying these deaths — 19,000 in the U.S. each year alone, more than from AIDS — are unnecessary.

“It’s a very sad situation that in some places so many are dying from this, because we have shown here in Norway that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] can be controlled, and with not too much effort,” said Jan Hendrik-Binder, Oslo’s MRSA medical advisor. “But you have to take it seriously, you have to give it attention and you must not give up.”

The World Health Organization says antibiotic resistance is one of the leading public health threats on the planet. A six-month investigation by The Associated Press found overuse and misuse of medicines has led to mutations in once curable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria, making them harder and in some cases impossible to treat.

Now, in Norway’s simple solution, there’s a glimmer of hope.

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7 Responses to “Norway Reduces Infections by Reducing Antibiotic Use”

  1. Jun B. Lumongsod
    February 28th, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

    This post is quite interesting and so informative. Who would have thought that by mis-using antibiotics makes a sickness more uncurable now a days. This post is so true i remember my mom saying that by using too much antibiotics it tend to give out some side effects on the one using it. Offcourse it varies on the side effects that occurs, but the main point here is that people should be aware on this. i just hope that many people can read this so they would know such things like this. Norway is really wise on having a thought of reducing the usage of antibiotics in the country no wonder the country really became clean.

    I like this post! Good Job!!!

  2. Nathan
    March 4th, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    Interesting concept for sure. It seems we are creating problems for ourselves by unintentionally mutating “super bacteria” through the use of antibiotics. Seems like something out of science fiction. I’d like to see a study on the effects of antibiotics use in Africa, which is obviously known for the spread of bacteria and disease.

  3. vkkumar
    March 6th, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    yes it’s true that there is side effects of antibiotics but again these are necessary for our life at that moment so no one cares about what will happen tommorow.

  4. Parkes
    March 10th, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    In the UK they’ve recently found a way to modify some generic beta-lactams such as methicillin to be resistant to MRSA.

    Fingers crossed as I believe we have possibly the biggest problem with it here in our flawed health service!

  5. Anonymous
    March 11th, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    I have wondered about this for a long time. It seems that we are getting more and more illnesses as we become progressively a ‘cleaner” society. Obviously antibiotics are a great help to society but if we over use them it seems that we have a negative consequences.

  6. Anonymous
    March 12th, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Interesting article! However, I don’t think the US will follow suit. We tend to wait till the problem gets really bad before anything is done.

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