Published: 26th July 2012
FOR the past 80 years, antibiotics have been our most powerful weapon in the war against infectious disease.
But lethal bacteria are fighting back and very soon our No1 drug will be unable to kill them.
At the same time, our scientists have developed only a trickle of new drugs to take the place of those that have become useless.
“The cupboard is nearly bare,” warns Dr Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation.
“A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.”
Here LYNSEY HAYWOOD speaks to Brendan Wren, Professor of Medical Microbiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who assesses the risks.
THE post-antibiotic apocalypse is upon us. Scientists and medical experts agree that bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics and, very soon, we will be unable to treat them.READ MORE "Unless you have beinki's own ;)"