U.K. Experts Warn Of Possible Antibiotic Apocalypse

Is Rise of the Bacteria a legit doomsday possibility? Via the BBC:

The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England. She told a committee of MPs that bacteria were becoming resistant to current drugs and there were few antibiotics to replace them. Going for a routine operation could become deadly due to the threat of infection.

Antibiotics have been one of the greatest success stories in medicine. However, bacteria are a rapidly adapting…MRSA is one of the most feared words in hospitals wards and there are growing reports of resistance in strains of E. coli, tuberculosis and gonorrhea.

The World Health Organization has warned the world is heading for a “post-antibiotic era” unless action is taken. It paints a future in which “many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, kill unabated”.

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10 Responses to U.K. Experts Warn Of Possible Antibiotic Apocalypse

  1. Joel Albertsson January 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Apocalypse sounds a bit strong, to my knowledge there was human life before antibiotics.

    • Will Keffer January 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

      Yeah, in the good old days growing old into your fifties.

      • Anarchy Pony January 26, 2013 at 1:35 am #

        Because, as we all know, quantity is the only rubric that matters. Dollars “earned”/spent, sexual partners/encounters, kills(bugs, animals, people[virtual or otherwise]), luxury novelties purchased/replaced by new version, GDP, total carbon emissions, acreage of wilderness paved, resources “developed”.

      • Joel Albertsson January 26, 2013 at 11:33 am #

        Did I say anything about quality of life or life expectancy? Evidently there was human life before antibiotics, we are the proof. Besides that I believe that short lives where more a matter of poverty and lack of sanitation than the lack of antibiotics. I also think statistics like that is misleading, I believe there were many groups of people who live very long lives before antibiotics.

      • Joel Albertsson January 26, 2013 at 11:37 am #

        My point was only that apocalypse was a strong word regarding the disappearance of a technology that has been around in its present form for less than a hundred years. I have family living who lived before antibiotics who had old parents.

  2. BuzzCoastin January 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    it’s interesting to watch the Chinese do Western medicine as voodoo
    in China, if your feeling a little under the weather
    you drop by the nearest hospital’s drip room
    there you lie on a bed and get an antibiotic drip to cure what ails you
    everyone in China knows this is one of the benefits of Western medicine
    ’cause antibiotics cure even depression in China

    China is a antibiotic time-bomb waiting to explode

  3. Haystack January 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I’ve always wondered how creationists reconcile the fact that diseases are constantly evolving under the microscope, and that most of modern medicine wouldn’t work if natural selection were not taking place.

  4. lilbear68 January 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    well i have no doubt that evolution occurs ive always been curious if the atheists actually believe that in the beginning there was nothing (insofar as not being detectable, you know like a vacuum of space there is no perfect vacuum) and nothing happened to nothing until nothing magically exploded (for no reason) creating everything everywhere. then a bunch of the exploded everything magically rearranged itself (for no reason) into self replicating bits which then became dinosaurs and so forth till here we all are
    is that pretty much it?

    • Turin Turambar January 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

      The truth is we just don’t know, but that certainly doesn’t mean ‘god’ did
      it. There’s lots of things that we once attributed to god, but now we
      have scientific explanations for. It’s funny that you use the word
      magically because don’t you believe that god magically made everything
      from nothing? It’s really the same argument, but you insert god.

      • lilbear68 January 30, 2013 at 10:30 am #

        well i dont know if you ever heard arthur c. clarkes quote and i cant quote it exactly but he said that any technology sufficently advanced will appear to be magic to lesser developed races. if you dont care for my use of the word magic what would you use instead?

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