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Friday, January 10, 2014

Golden age of antibiotics set to end

The growing threat of antibiotic resistant organisms is once again in the spotlight. Prof Jeremy Farrar, the new head of Britain's biggest medical research charity the Wellcome Trust said it was a "truly global issue". In his first major interview since taking up his post, Prof Farrar told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the golden age of antibiotics could come to an end unless action is taken.
His comments echo those of England's Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies.
Last year she described the growing resistance to antibiotics as a "ticking time bomb", and said the danger should be ranked alongside terrorism on a list of threats to the nation.
Previous chief medical officers have also warned about the threat from pathogens - bacteria, viruses and parasites. And G8 science ministers in London discussed the danger from drug resistant infectious agents when they met in June 2013.

The World Health Assembly of the WHO will discuss the issue in May 2014.

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'Golden age' of antibiotics 'set to end'

Source: BBC News


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