Antibiotic ‘apocalypse’ warning – BBC News 01-24-13

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Prof Dame Sally Davies said the rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming – we are not using antibiotics effectively in countries. Davies said routine infections could become lethal because we’ve run out of antibiotics: there is only one useful antibiotic left to treat gonorrhoea.

The World Health Organization says the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era unless action is taken, where many common infections will no longer have a cure and again kill unabated.

Prof Hugh Pennington at the University of Aberdeen said drug resistance is a very, very serious problem and drug companies have run out of options because all the easy drugs had been made – no new wonder drugs are coming. Pennington said people are going abroad for operations or sex tourism and bringing home drug resistant infections like gonorrhoea or TB.

Read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21178718

 

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