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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Superbugs threaten to 'return medicine to dark ages'

The rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs risks sending medicine back into the "dark ages", David Cameron has warned.

The PM emphasised the importance of developing a new generation of drugs. Credit: Reuters

He stressed the importance of investing in a new generation of antibiotics, describing the emergence of superbugs as "a very real and worrying threat" that is "happening right now".

"If we fail we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again," he told The Times.

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