Posted on 16/11/2012

Are We Facing an Antibiotic Resistance Crisis?


Could antibiotic resistance make routine infections fatal?

It isn’t the first time we’ve seen the issue of antibiotic resistance in the news, and the latest reports state that the “antibiotics crisis will mean routine infections are fatal” (The Independent). Containing warnings from Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, the reports highlight that in the future, we could have no cure for infections, meaning routine operations and minor injuries could prove fatal if infection occurs.

Quoted in the media, Davies said “Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible… Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effect of antibiotics, ultimately becoming resistant so they no longer work.” Following a similar call to action earlier this year by head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, there seems to be a “global crisis in antibiotics”.

The headlines followed press releases which were issued by the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) and European Centres for Disease Control, in preparation for the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), taking place on November 18th. The HPA would like our attitude towards antibiotics to change, seeing common illnesses, such as coughs, colds and sore throats, through without the use of antibiotics.

Often having a lifesaving role in healthcare, antibiotics are often unnecessarily prescribed; exposing bacteria to an antibiotic it would have once been susceptible to. Creating the need for stronger antibiotics in the future, it is unclear whether or not this can actually be achieved, causing concern amongst health professionals and the public alike.

International expert on antibiotic resistance, Professor David Livermore stated: “While disaster isn’t imminent just yet, we do need to take action now to protect ourselves for the future.”

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