Antibiotics resistance warning

The threat posed by antibiotic resistance should be ranked alongside terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the Government's chief medical officer for England has said.

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Antibiotic resistance could lead to 'apocalyptic scenario'

Widespread resistance to antibiotics has been described as a "apocalyptic scenario" in a report from the Government's Chief Medical Officer. Dame Sally Davies has called for:

  • The development of new drugs
  • Better care of the current stock of antibiotics
  • Better hygiene measures to prevent infections
  • The prescription of fewer antibiotics
  • More action to tackle the next generation of healthcare associated infections, including new strains of existing viruses

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