Friday, January 1, 2010

Norway is the most infection-free country in the world

For 30 years Norway has been agressively anti-antibiotics. As a result, there's no superviruses like the ones that are causing troubles around the world. In the U.S. alone, MRSA infections killed 19,000 people and cost the U.S. $6 billion last year. 19,000 people! 63% of staph infections in the U.S. are these resistant strains. In Japan, the rate is 80%. In Norway it's less than 1%.

Here's an article worth reading. It's really cool to see how Norway handles infections. Instead of prescriptions, they tell you to stay home and rest. That way, the population doesn't develop immunity to the antibiotics. They also aggressively track infections by strain, hunting down people you've been in contact with and asking them to stay home as well. It works. Here's one article.
 
http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/medicine/how-norway-beat-a-bad-bug/1062228

... 19,000 people a year. That's more deaths per year than from AIDS. And Norway is showing that this is preventable and inexpensive!

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