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Drug resistant superbugs a serious threat worldwide: WHO

Published on Apr 30, 2014 7:48 PM
 

LONDON (REUTERS) - The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday.

Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report. It is now a major threat to public health, of which "the implications will be devastating".

"The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill," said Dr Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security.

In its first global report on antibiotic resistance, with data from 114 countries, the WHO said superbugs able to evade the hardest-hitting antibiotics - a class of drugs called carbapenems - has now been found in all regions of the world.

 
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