Fears over ‘the end of modern medicine’
A UK chief medical officer has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell the end of modern medicine. Without the drugs used to fight infections, common medical interventions such as caesarean sections, cancer treatments and hip replacements would become incredibly risky, she said.
And transplant medicine would be a thing of the past, she added.
“We really are facing, if we don’t take action now, a dreadful postantibiotic apocalypse,” she said.
If no action is taken, it has been estimated that drug-resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year by 2050.