Forty years ago, the famous Australian virologist Sir Macfarlane Burnett
said, regarding antibiotics, that “By the late twentieth century, we can
anticipate the virtual elimination of infectious diseases as a significant
factor in social life.”
Unfortunately, his prediction proved utterly wrong.
In the last couple of decades, we’ve seen the development of superbugs –
bacteria that are resistant to a wide range of antibiotics, which has left
researchers scrambling for solutions. Even a few years ago, our focus was on the
targeted elimination of specific bacteria through the use of antibiotics. In an
unforeseen consequence, the prevalent usage of these medications has altered
entire bacterial populations. This change represents a paradigm shift in the
treatment of both humans and companion animals. Fortunately, there is a tool in
our arsenal to help us all lead healthier lives. More...