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BBC Health Chief Warns Of Resistance To Antibiotics

BBC Health Chief Warns Of Resistance To Antibiotics

A growing resistance to antibiotics may be one of the greatest health threats facing humanity, says a new report from the U.K.'s Health Protection Agency. Britain's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies issued the report as troubling new strains of E. coli and gonorrhoea are spreading worldwide.

"Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible - similar to global warming. I urge patients and prescribers to think about the drugs they are requesting and dispensing," she said in a statement.

The statement was released on November 16 via the BBC and she adds:

"Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effects of antibiotics, ultimately becoming resistant so they no longer work. The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it."

by RTT Staff Writer

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