UK unveils plans to fight threat of ‘antibiotic apocalypse’


The UK will cut drug-resistant infections by 10% and reduce human antibiotic use by 15% over the next five years as part of a new strategy to tackle so-called superbugs.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is considered one of the greatest threats to human health, with predictions it could become a bigger killer than cancer if it not tackled with a global effort.

More than 500,000 people die worldwide every year from antibiotic resistant infections, a figure forecast to rise to 10 million a year by 2050.

Health officials in the UK have raised the spectre of an “antibiotic apocalypse”, with concerns that routine procedures such as Caesarean section could become too risky to perform because of the risk of infection.

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Source: Sky News