Electron Microscope Image of a Clostridium Difficile
A pathogen seems to be re-emerging primarily because of excess use of antibiotics.
A Deadly Germ Unleashed by AntibioticsNew York Times – April 13, 2009For years, health officials have sounded the alarm about overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of so-called “superbugs” that resist treatment. But the spread of a deadly germ linked with antibiotic use shows just how immediate the threat really is.The culprit is Clostridium difficile, a bacteria that can cause life-threatening infection, diarrhea and stomach pain.What is so frightening about C. difficile is that it is typically triggered by a round of antibiotic use. In addition to killing the targeted infections, antibiotics wipe out beneficial bacteria, which can make a body more vulnerable to C. difficile infection. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/a-deadly-germ-unleashed-by-antibiotics/?apage=3
Pestilences were one of the signs that Jesus discussed when He mentioned “the beginning of sorrows”:
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:7-8).
Drug-resistant pathogens are likely to cause problems in the next several years.
An article of possibly related interest may be:
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What is the beginning of sorrows? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?