Professor Dame Sally Davies, the United Kingdom’s chief medical officer, says antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat, and routine operations could become deadly in just 20 years unless new antibiotic drugs are discovered.
An Australian expert agrees with the UK’s top medico statement that resistance to antibiotics is as great a risk to public safety as terrorism. Infectious Disease expert, Professor Peter Collignon from the Australian National University agreed with Dame Davies statement, saying the threat posed by antibiotics resistance is very real.
“It is just as important as terrorism and I actually think more important,” Professor Collignon said. “The reality is common things we take for granted – like bowel surgery, like treating people with leukaemia – if we don’t have antibiotics that work we can no longer do those.”
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