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  • The Lancet Infect Dis. Antibiotic resistance: long-term solutions require action now

    [Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Extract.]


    The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Early Online Publication, 17 November 2013

    doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(13)70290-1

    Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

    Antibiotic resistance: long-term solutions require action now

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    The Lancet Infectious Diseases
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    A crisis looms. In the very near and rapidly approaching future, the wonder-drugs of the 20th century, antibiotics, may cease to be useful. The benefits of antibiotics hardly need to be restated, but their availability has contributed to major advances in health and substantially increased life expectancy. Yet, despite warnings from many, including Alexander Fleming, that resistance would be a problem, antibiotics have been used with great profligacy—prescribed pointlessly for viral infections, added to animal feed to boost growth of livestock, and handed out like cough sweets in the community.

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