World Economic Forum (WEF) concluded that “arguably the greatest risk . . . to human health comes in the form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. We live in a bacterial world where we will never be able to stay ahead of the mutation curve. A test of our resilience is how far behind the curve we allow ourselves to fall.”|
As I read those words I shuttered.
For example, operations are dependent on antibiotics. Operations we now take for granted like heart bypass or hip replacements might not be available to us in the not so distant future.
The reason is simple and straightforward - without effective antibiotics to treat potential infections the risk of death will be greater than the potential reward from the operation.
I started talking about this phenomena last year when I first read The Top Ten Facts About Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance. The facts were compiled to mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day.
While the facts presented below apply to the UK they can be extrapolated for other industrialized countries.
Not a single person I talked to had any idea what I was talking about.
To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) Professor David Livermore an international expert on antibiotic resistance and the HPA’s lead in this key area has devised his top ten facts about antibiotic resistance and antibiotics.
David’s top ten facts
Antibiotics revolutionised medicine.
We must rise to these new challenges.
“Over the last ten years or so there has been a major rise in the numbers of resistant bacteria and we cannot let this go unchecked. The fact that we are using our reserve antibiotics to treat some infections is of concern, as resistance is now increasing to them too.
“While disaster isn’t imminent just yet we do need to take action now to protect ourselves for the future.”
Source: Health Protection Agency
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