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How can we tackle antibiotic resistance?

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics already leads to 25,000 deaths a year in Europe. We need to develop a diagnostic tool to slow it down

By Sally Davies  















Antibiotic-resistant bacteria like staphylococcus aureus could take us back to the 19th Century. © Janice Haney Carr

The soaring number of antibiotic-resistant infections we are now seeing poses such a great threat to society that in 20 years’ time we could be taken back to a 19th-century environment where everyday infections kill. In Europe alone, 25,000 people a year already die from infections that are resistant to our drugs of last resort. We have reached a critical…

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