Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness'

Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible, similar to global warming, experts have warned.

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Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness at an increasing rate'

  • Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate, the Department of Health have warned.
  • There are very few new antibiotics in the development pipeline.
  • Existing antibiotics should be used wisely in order to stay effective, the Department of Health have said.
  • Many antibiotics are prescribed and used for mild infections when they don’t need to be.
  • Colds and most coughs, sinusitis, earache and sore throats often get better without antibiotics.

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