'Devastating' implications of drug-resistant superbugs now a reality

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Deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs are a 'serious threat' to world health and no longer merely a prediction for the future, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO). Previously treatable illnesses can now once again kill. "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 Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security. The new resistance has the capacity to strike anyone, of any age, on a global scale according to the WHO report, entitled 'Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance', released on Wednesday. It's the organization's first ever global report on antibiotic resistance. "The implications will be devastating," stated Fukuda. Data spanning 114 different countries was utilized in the study and superbug resistance was found in all regions of the world. The infections were even resistant to a class of antibiotic which fall into a category known as carbapenems - a broad-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotic considered one of the last resorts in the treatment of infectious bacterial diseases.
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