Whether in a hospital, doctor’s office, on the farm or in food production, a disturbingWe're headed towards a 'post-antibiotic era,' World Health Organization warns
On Tuesday, more than 150 food companies, retailers and human and animal health providers gathered at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a “Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship,” where they crafted strategies in the fight against deadly, drug-resistant bacteria. The forum builds on a five-year national action plan released by the White House in March to aggressively change the way people and animals are treated for infections.
“We are near a tipping point with antibiotic resistance,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wrote in an op-ed Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal that was timed to coincide with the event. “An increasing proportion of bacteria no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. We can either work to improve antibiotic use and prevent infections, or watch as the clock turns back to a world where simple infections kill people.”
In a report released Wednesday, the World Health Organization warned that society may soon be sliding into a “post-antibiotic era” in which common illnesses like pneumonia will once again become feared killers and surgery will come with heightened infection risks.5 Realities of a Post-antibiotic World - HowStuffWorks
In its first investigation into antimicrobial resistance across the globe, WHO reported startling findings about the extent to which viruses and bacteria have evolved to combat antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era' - BBC News