Warning over rise in new superbugs
The UK has been warned by scientists of the rise of new superbugs resistant to the most powerful antibiotics.
Less than a handful of antibiotics are currently in the pipeline to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria with the worldwide spread of genes resistant to last resort antibiotics a “nightmare scenario”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
The body said abuse of antibiotics for humans and in the food chain was fostering the emergence of antibiotic resistance and threatening to take the world to an era before the discovery of penicillin in the 1920s.
Medical care could return to an age where simple infections do not respond to treatment and routine operations become life-threatening, the WHO said in a campaign timed to coincide with World Health Day.
Every year an estimated 25,000 people die of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections in the European Union region, the WHO said.