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PM: Superbugs risk medicine 'returning to the dark ages'

The UK will lead the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs that threaten to return medicine to "the dark ages", David Cameron has said. He told The Times the issue was among "the most serious health problems the world faces".

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Charity warns superbugs risk 'global health crisis'

The world is heading for a "post-antibiotic age" that threatens a "global health crisis" , the head of a leading medical charity has warned.

Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust said the problem arose from "drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and parasites".

"It threatens not only our ability to treat deadly infections, but almost every aspect of modern medicine: from cancer treatment to Caesarean sections, therapies that save thousands of lives every day rely on antibiotics that could soon be lost, " he warned.

Mr Farrar warned that not enough new drugs are being developed to replace ones that are no longer efffective.

At the same time he welcomed a new initiative, backed by David Cameron, to set up an international panel looking at how best to facilitate the development of new treatments.

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