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  • UK: Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose 'apocalyptic' threat, top expert says

    Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/20...alyptic-threat


    Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose 'apocalyptic' threat, top expert says
    Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies tells MPs issue should be added to national risk register of civil emergencies

    Ian Sample, science correspondent
    The Guardian, Wednesday 23 January 2013 19.41 GMT

    Britain's most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding...

    ...She described what she called an "apocalyptic scenario" where people going for simple operations in 20 years' time die of routine infections "because we have run out of antibiotics"...
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