Tuesday, Dec 01st

Last update09:22:36 PM GMT

You are here News Health Growing antibiotic resistance 'a genuine threat of humanity'

Growing antibiotic resistance 'a genuine threat of humanity'

E-mail Print PDF

Antibiotic resistanceThe growing antibiotic-resistant infections are a "looming public health issue" for Australia that needs urgent new funding, the country's top scientist warned.

"Antibiotic resistance has the potential to become one of the world's biggest public health challenges, requiring a serious response from our scientists, our industries and the community at large," Ian Chubb, Australia's chief scientist, told the Guardian Australia.

A report by the Office of the Chief Scientist said there is "a genuine threat of humanity returning to an era where mortality due to common infections such as skinned knees and sore throats is rife."

The report said "misuse and overuse" of antibiotics for animal husbandry, for driving up resistance levels in humans.

"Some bacteria are now so resistant that they are virtually untreatable with any of the currently available drugs," the report said.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Report: Hepatitis C drug maker was focused on profits, not patients

Gilead SciencesA bipartisan investigation by U.S. senators finds that the makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis...

Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease CTE, family says

Frank Gifford had CTEPro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died this past summer of natural causes, suffered...

Despite promise, Turing pharmaceuticals opts to keep list price of Daraprim high

Deraprim- Despite a promise from its chief executive two months ago, Turing Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it...

Federal Court: Restrictive WI Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Endangers Women's Health

Wisc. abortion law unconstitutionalA Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional,...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!