Friday, May 02, 2014

WHO: antibiotic resistance

Serious worldwide threat to public health noted in WHO’s first global report on antibiotic resistance

But a possible future treatment for deadly MRSA hospital-infections is being studied
May 1, 2014
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The MRSA superbug (in yellow), often found in hospitals, is resistant to antibiotics and can lead to death, but a new polymer-antibiotic combo to deal with MRSA is in the works (credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Antimicrobial resistance (including antibiotic resistance — when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work) is a serious threat and has gone global,warns the World Health Organization (WHO) in a report, “Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance.”
“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, 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,” says Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security.
The report focuses on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as bloodstream infections (sepsis), diarrhoea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea.
Key findings from the report include:

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