by Julia Samuel on  September 23, 2016 at 10:59 PM Research News
Drug-Resistant Superbugs Are a 'Fundamental Threat'
Drug-resistant superbugs are becoming more of a threat as antibiotic use increases around the world. Although antibiotics are helpful in many cases, overuse leads to mutations in bacterial strains that make infections resistant to cure.

Health officials have warned governments for years that drug-resistant superbugs were becoming more prevalent and could lead to major problems.

"Antimicrobial resistance poses a fundamental threat to human health, development, and security," said Dr.Margaret Chan, UN Director General, WHO.

Plans to combat superbugs include tightening regulation of antimicrobial medicines, finding new alternatives, and better diagnostics so that the right treatments are given, as well as vaccines to prevent infections.

"AMR (antimicrobial resistance) is a problem not just in our hospitals, but on our farms and in our food too," said UN Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva, Reuters reported.

AMR is estimated to cause 700,000 deaths from the diseases themselves and from lack of care from overburdened health systems in some countries.

According to Reuters, Dr. Martin Blaser, chair of President Barack Obama's Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, reported more than 300,000 tons of antibiotics are used worldwide each year, which he said accounts for about 10 doses for each person in the world.

Source: Medindia

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