16:47 11 March 2013
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has said that the growing ability of infections to resist antibiotics is like a ‘ticking time-bomb’. The Chief went on to explain that large bug threats should be placed on a par with terrorism when it comes to risk being posed.
The warning comes following Ms. Davies’ report being completed. She goes into detail saying that if we can no longer beat infections in the future, then when it comes to simple operations individuals may suffer.
She told the BBC: “If we don't take action, then we may all be back in an almost 19th Century environment where infections kill us as a result of routine operations. We won't be able to do a lot of our cancer treatments or organ transplants.”
Ms. Davies commented that one way around this could be to look to new drugs being developed in order to combat threats from infections.
Reportedly, it has been a several decades since there was a new version of antibiotics made available for use.
The Chief warns that notice should be taken around the world when it comes to this subject.
Antibiotics can be referred to when mentioning the word antibacterial. Antibacterial relates to action taking place when it comes to bacteria growing.
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