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Experts Call For Intergovernmental Response To Drug Resistance

News outlets report on a call from infectious disease experts for a global response to drug resistance.

The Guardian: Antibiotic-resistant bugs need global response, say health experts
“Antibiotic-resistant pathogens have reached every country, with some patients being treated with drugs that are now the last line of defense against infections. Scientists gathered at the Royal Society in London on Thursday warned the situation is so desperate that a global response in line with efforts to combat climate change is needed…” (Sample, 5/22).

The Independent: Drug-resistant HIV pandemic is a ‘real possibility,’ expert claims
“…Resistant strains of tuberculosis, malaria, MRSA, and HIV have already spread around the world, they write. The focus of concerns has been antibiotic resistance, which relates to bacterial infections, but viral infections such as HIV and malaria are now also showing signs of resistance…” (Cooper, 5/22).

Reuters: Superbug threat as grave as climate change, say scientists
“…Such a body should be modeled on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and work with governments and agencies who would implement its recommendations, [Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust,] said in a joint commentary in the journal Nature with Mark Woolhouse of Edinburgh University’s Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution…” (Kelland, 5/22).

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