Connection Between Climate Change And Antimicrobial Bacteria

Antimicrobial Bacteria

Humans are well aware of the antimicrobial resistance bacteria and their wide spread to humanity. The presence of strains of bacteria that is resistant to medications is created in the body through faulty medications or failing to complete a course of the medicine.

However, a recent study has just suggested that there might actually be a new source for these strains of bacteria. The study presented at the 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13 – 16 April 2019), shows claims that connects climate change with the creation of more and new antimicrobial resistance bacteria. This study was conducted by a team of scientists from the Institute of Infection Control and Infectious Diseases, University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), Germany, together with the well know Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany.

The main writer of the paper which is a professor at the University Medical Center Göttingen, called Simone Scheithauer was surprised by the results. He argues that different areas with different climates have different concentration and types of bacteria. This was what encouraged him to study the effect of climate change on these populations of bacteria

Professor Simone commented on his findings saying, “Our study identified a novel association between AMR and climatic factors in Europe. These results reveal two aspects: climatic factors significantly contribute to the prediction of AMR in different types of healthcare systems and societies, while climate change might increase AMR transmission, in particular carbapenem resistance.”