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Taking antibiotics to triple the risk of flu death …

Taking antibiotics tripled the risk of flu death – and can even aggravate the symptoms, the study states.

Researchers warn that drugs kill friendly bacteria in the gut that help the body in the fight against the virus.

One of the five mice died when it was infected with influenza in laboratory tests.

However, for those who received antibiotics earlier, this number increased to two-thirds.

This represents a 2.3 times higher risk of death than a virus that kills about 8,000 Britons per year.

He defeats the defense

Dr. Andreas Wack of the Francis Crick Institute in London warned of overuse of drugs.

He said: "We've found that antibiotics can eradicate resistance to early-stage flu, which is additional evidence that they should not be taken or simply prescribed.

"Improper use not only promotes resistance to antibiotics and kills useful intestinal bacteria but also makes us susceptible to viruses."

"This could be important not only for people but for cattle, as many farms around the world use antibiotics prophylactically.

"Further exploration of these environments is urgently needed to determine if they are more susceptible to viral infections."

An important battlefield

Researchers have found that lung cancer cells play a greater role in capture resistance in early stages of infection than immune cells.

They said, "They are the only place where the virus can multiply, and thus the most important battlefield in the fight against the flu.

"Intestinal bacteria are sending a signal that keeps cells in the form of the lungs and prevents the virus from reproducing so quickly."

Excessive use of antibiotics over the last few years means that they are less effective and have led to the appearance of "superperules".

These are bacterial strains that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotics, including:

  • MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin resistant)
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
  • bacteria that cause tuberculosis resistant to more than one drug

These types of infections can be difficult and tough to cure and become an increasing cause of disability and death all over the world.

The biggest concern is to develop new bacterial strains that can not be treated with any of the existing antibiotics.

And the NHS and healthcare organizations around the world are trying to reduce the use of antibiotics, especially for non-serious health problems.

Source: NHS

Bacteria in the intestines send signals that maintain antiviral genes active in the lungs.

They produce protein that creates hostile environments and complicates replication of the virus.

It takes two days for the immune system to respond. During that time, the flu can get a foothold.

The antibiotic-administered mice at that time had five times more viruses in the lungs than untreated mice.

This meant that the response should be stronger, leading to more serious symptoms and death.

GPs spend 38 million antibiotic courses each year and one out of five is unnecessary.

Experts warn that over-use of antibiotics reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics and encourages superiors.

The results were published in the Cell Reports magazine.

Taking antibiotics tripled the risk of flu death – and can even aggravate the symptoms, the study states.