Antibiotic resistance: 6 diseases that may come back to haunt us

an image of bacteriaStill think of TB, typhoid and gonorrhoea as infections from the past? WHO’s terrifying report will make you think again.

Diseases we thought were long gone, nothing to worry about, or easy to treat could come back with a vengeance, according to the recent World Health Organisation report on global antibiotic resistance. Concern at this serious threat to public health has been growing; complacency could result in a crisis with the potential to affect everyone, not just those in poor countries or without access to advanced healthcare. Already diseases that were treatable in the past, such as tuberculosis, are often fatal now, and others are moving in the same direction. And the really terrifying thing is that the problem is already with us: this is not science fiction, but contemporary reality. So what are some of the infections that could come back to haunt us?

Read the full article here:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/09/6-diseases-becoming-resistant-to-antibiotics

Re-blogged from www.theguardian.com

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