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WHO sounding superbug alarm

May 1, 2014

ST. GEORGE, UT — The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report indicating that "disease-causing bacteria that resist antibiotic treatment are now widespread in every part of the world and have reached alarming levels in many areas," according to The Spectrum.

"The problem is so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine. A post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries can kill is a very real possibility for the 21st century," the report indicated.

Thanks in part to antibiotic overuse and the dearth of new drugs, some bugs that were once easily curable now resist even the latest, most powerful antibiotics, the article stated.

"If no action is taken today in order to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes and find new solutions, we may reach the point where some infections will not be treatable anymore," said Carmen Pessoa Da Silva, a Brazilian physician who leads a WHO program on the issue.

According to the article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already joined government agencies around the world in what it calls a "global health security" initiative, whose goals include better prevention, detection and response systems to address infectious-disease threats, including drug-resistant bugs, as they emerge anywhere in the world.

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