Public Health England Warns Of Antimicrobial Resistance, Identifies 19 New Resistance Types Among Bacteria Over Past Decade

The Guardian: Bacteria developing new ways to resist antibiotics, doctors warn
“Bacteria are increasingly developing ways of resisting antibiotics, threatening a future in which patients could become untreatable, doctors have warned. Over the last decade scientists in the U.K. studying samples from patients have identified 19 new mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. The changes in bacteria are driven by genetics and mean they become able to repel even entire types of ‘last resort’ antibiotics, including carbapenems and colistin…” (Campbell, 9/10).
The Telegraph: Life-saving drugs may soon become useless, experts warn as 19 untreatable superbugs are discovered in the last decade
“…Officials estimate that approximately 5,000 patients die due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) each year. [On Tuesday,] Public Health England (PHE) warned that unless the resistance crisis is addressed, the toll could become far worse, with ineffective antibiotics such as colistin and carbapenems ushering in pandemics of untreatable disease. … PHE confirmed its labs have received 1,300 samples of bacteria containing one of the 19 new resistance types from across the U.K. in the past 10 years…” (Rodkin, 9/11).

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