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Antibiotic resistance poses ‘catastrophic threat’ to mankind over next 20 years

by J. D. Heyes, Natural News  |  published on April 4, 2013

The growing resistance to the world’s supply of antibiotics is becoming a “catastrophic threat” that will manifest itself over the next 20 years, according to a new report from the British government.

Dame Sally Davies, Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, called for global action in her first annual report to combat spreading antimicrobial resistance, which she said could cause tens of millions of patients to die following even minor surgery within two decades.

Davies said the problem is growing so large and serious that the British government should rank it alongside terrorism and climate change as one of the country’s biggest threats.

For years antibiotics have grown increasingly ineffective against key bacteriological strains, a phenomenon that is worsening due to a “discover void” of new, stronger antibiotics, she said. In her report, Davies called for a host of actions to address the threat, which may eventually include tighter restrictions on how doctors prescribe antibiotics for their patients, The Independent reported.

“This is a growing problem, and if we don’t get it right, we will find ourselves in a health system not dissimilar from the early 19th century,” she said.

Davies herself acknowledged that the problem has been a long time in the making, but she said she decided to give it new focus because of the dire implications of inaction.

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