X-Infex Anti-Microbial Polymers
 
X-Infex  Anti-Microbial Polymers

The Grounds

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Antimicrobial Resistance as one of the Global Health Threats of the 21 stcentury. Antimicrobial resistance is the process in which a microorganism (bacteria, virus, parasite and fungi) alters its DNA to become resistant to antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics, antifungals, antiviruses, antimalarials, etc.). The generation of “Superbugs” that are resistant to all forms of treatment is a real and growing threat.

  •  2011-2014: Bacteria identified in China containing the mcr-1 gene making the organism resistant to all known forms of antibiotics. Bacteria found in pig populations.
  • 2016: U.N. General Assembly holds a conference to discuss the Global threat of Antimicrobial Resistance.
  • 2016: 1st case of US patient with urinary tract infection with bacteria containing the mcr-1 gene. Infection is first US case that is resistant to all known antibiotics. 
  • 2016: Studies show the gene, mcr-1, can be easily transferred to E.coli (responsible for urinary tract and other common infections) and Klesbsiella pneumonia (responsible for pneumonia and other respiratory infections) making the organisms resistant to antibiotics. Pandemic risk of global infectious disease becomes a reality.
  • Research estimated that 1/3 of patients with infections and resistance to major antibiotics contracted their superbug infection in their own communities.
  • 2017: Antibiotic resistance is blamed for at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths annually in the US alone.
  • 2050: Studies estimate that a person will die every 3 seconds due to resistant infections. Death toll of 10 million people/year at an annual cost of $100 trillion.