Irish dirt could be part of the answer to the world's struggle against "superbugs", which are threats to health protection against antibiotics that, according to officials, 1.3 million people in Europe could be killed by 2050.
The report on the discovery comes in RDMag, which said that researchers investigate the properties of the soil from Ireland, which are thought to have medicinal properties that it actually can have.
The World Health Organization has described the threatening problem of superbugs as one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today & # 39 ;.
The study of the Irish dirt found that it contains a previously unknown bacterial strain that appears to be effective against four of the top six superbugs, which are now resistant to most known antibiotics.
The report explained that a team from the Swansea University Medical School worked on the project and they named the new strain Streptomyces sp. myrophorea.
The dirt comes from the area of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, also known as the Boho Highlands.
The soil, which forms the basis for an alkaline grassland, is famous for "healing properties", according to the report.
It said that Dr. Gerry Quinn, part of the research team, knew of reports that the soil had healing properties.
"Traditionally, a small amount of soil was wrapped in cotton cloth and used to cure many ailments, including toothache, throat and neck infections.It is interesting that this area was formerly inhabited by the Druids, about 1500 years ago, and Neolithic people 4,000 years ago, "according to the report.
The results of the team's assessment turned out to be amazing.
The new strain "inhibited the growth of four of the top six multi-resistant pathogens identified by WHO as responsible for care-associated infections: Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumonia, and Carbenepenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii. "
Paul Dyson of Swansea University Medical School called it an important step forward in the war against diseases that are resistant to antibiotics.
And team member Gerry Quinn said the discovery "will help our search for new drugs for the treatment of multi-resistant bacteria, the cause of many dangerous and fatal infections."
Superbugs are such a threat that it was no less a personality than Chuck Norris who recently pointed out the problem.
They are new forms of bacteria that are determined not to let anything go on their way to becoming untreatable, he said.
The problem arises because, he said, "Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics largely through a natural evolutionary process.Because ordinary antibiotics become less effective, doctors responded by prescribing ever-stronger medications.because many antibiotics are available without a prescription, many people go self-medication In addition to the problem, a significant number of patients stop using their antibiotics before completing the full course, a practice that can increase the risk of drug resistance because potentially unnoticed residual infections can create an environment in which resistant bacteria can persist. Every time a bacterium is exposed to an antibiotic but is not killed by it, it has the potential to develop resistance. "
Experts have warned that ordinary medical treatments, such as hip surgery, may become impossible due to the use and overuse of antibiotics.