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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#AntibioticResistance: The World is facing a "Global Health Emergency" says WHO


The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that “antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency”. The remarks come after a new WHO report found a serious lack of new drugs in development to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Health experts have previously warned that resistance to antimicrobial drugs could cause a bigger threat to mankind than cancer.

In recent years, there has been a UK drive to raise global awareness of the threat posed to modern medicine by antimicrobial resistance.


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If antibiotics lose their effectiveness, then key medical procedures – including gut surgery, caesarean sections, joint replacements and chemotherapy – could become too dangerous to perform.

Around 700,000 people around the world die annually due to drug-resistant infections including drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria. If no action is taken, it has been estimated that drug-resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year by 2050.

Recall that the WHO recently drew up a list of  'Essential Medicines'.  It has now examined new drugs in the development pipeline.


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