ANTIBIOTIC APOCALYPSE: Harvard reveals doomsday scenario that could KILL 10 million a year

Sunday, March 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

A TERRIFYING video put together by a team of Harvard academics has revealed exactly how antibiotic resistance could end up killing 10 million a year in just three decades.

By OLI SMITH
Express.co.uk
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Antibiotic resistance continues to terrifying medical experts, who are scrambling to find a solution to the killer problem.

A video from the Harvard Medical School has showed the horrifying scale of doomsday phenomenon that could kill 10 million a year by 2050.

Currently, it is estimated that around 50,000 people are already dying each year in Europe and the U.S. from untreatable infections, according to the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.

In the UK alone, at least 12,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant superbugs each year, which is higher than deaths from breast cancer.

The Harvard footage shows the first large-scale glimpse of how deadly bacteria adapt to survive – and thrive – among higher doses of antibiotics.

The team studied how E-coli adapted to increasingly higher doses of antibiotics when placed in a petri dish.

Over two weeks, the scientists saw how a small group of bacteria became resistant to higher and higher doses of antibiotics.

These resistant bacteria then spawned even more resistant strains.

One of the study’s authors, Roy Kishony, said: “It’s a powerful illustration of how easy it is for bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.”

If the growing trend of antibiotic resistance continues, then as many as 10 million people could die a year by the middle of the 21st century.

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