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Drug-Resistant Disease Outbreaks Pose Threat Of Widespread Mortality In U.K., Report Warns

News outlets highlight findings of the 2015 National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies, produced by the U.K. government.

BBC News: Antibiotic resistance: 80,000 ‘might die’ in future outbreak
“About 80,000 people could die if there were a ‘widespread outbreak’ of an antibiotic-resistant blood infection, according to a government document. The National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies says such an outbreak could be expected to hit 200,000 people — and two in five of them ‘might die’…” (4/6).

The Guardian: Outbreak of drug-resistant infection could kill 80,000 in U.K., report warns
“…The warnings are contained in the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies, which was published by the Cabinet Office late last month. It provides guidance on potential threats such as terror, flu, and natural disasters…” (Rawlinson, 4/5).

The Independent: Superflu pandemic is biggest danger to U.K. apart from a terrorist attack — and could kill 80,000 people
“…Surgical operations might also be affected by the increased chance of getting a serious infection — to the point where organ transplants, bowel surgery, and some forms of cancer treatment might not be viable…” (Johnston, 4/6).

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