The "Post-Antibiotic Era" Has Begun

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Wed, Apr 30th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

BBC's health reporter Pippa Stephens brings to attention a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) who warns that the "Post-Antibiotic Era" has begun. Reportedly, antibiotic resistance is now a "global threat" affecting "every region of the world."

It suggested two key antibiotics no longer work in more than half of people being treated in some countries.

One of them — carbapenem — is a so-called "last-resort" drug used to treat people with life-threatening infections such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and infections in newborns, caused by the bacteria K.pneumoniae.

Bacteria naturally mutate to eventually become immune to antibiotics, but the misuse of these drugs — such as doctors over-prescribing them and patients failing to finish courses — means it is happening much faster than expected.

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