Although doctors and scientists have been warning that the so-called “golden age” of antibiotics is rapidly waning, we just don’t listen and now it may be too late. Fergus Walsh, medical correspondent for BBC News reports:
We cannot say we weren’t warned. The growing threat of antibiotic resistant organisms is once again in the spotlight.
Prof Jeremy Farrar, the new head of Britain’s biggest medical research charity the Wellcome Trust said it was a “truly global issue”.
In his first major interview since taking up his post, Prof Farrar told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the golden age of antibiotics could come to an end unless action is taken.
His comments echo those of England’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies.
Last year she described the growing resistance to antibiotics as a “ticking time bomb”, and said the danger should be ranked alongside terrorism on a list of threats to the nation.
Previous chief medical officers have also warned about the threat from pathogens – bacteria, viruses and parasites.
And G8 science ministers in London discussed the danger from drug resistant infectious agents when they met in June 2013.
‘Older than humanity’
But the warnings actually started many years ago.
In 1998 a House of Lords report gave this stark assessment: “Antibiotic resistance threatens mankind with the prospect of a return to the pre-antibiotic era.”
Most of us were born into a world containing antibiotics, so it is easy to feel they are permanent fixtures in the arsenal of medicines.
In fact penicillin did not go into widespread use until the 1950s…
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