Fears over ‘the end of mod­ern medicine’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

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.

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