Drug resistant superbugs a serious threat worldwide, says WHO

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

Wed Apr 30, 2014

* Report finds antibiotic resistance rife across world

* WHO expert says “world is headed for post-antibiotic era”

* Bacteria evolve to evade even the most powerful drugs

* In some countries half of patients can’t be treated

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday.

Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, the U.N.’s World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report. It is now a major threat to public health, of which “the implications will be devastating”.

“The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security.

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