Antibiotic resistance is growing.
Researchers in China have found strains of E.coli that are resistant colistin, the antibiotic of last resort.
World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan at the launch of a new global campaign against antibiotic resistance.
More than 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. The World Health Organisation is trying to end the age of ignorance to protect this global common good.
A pharmacist dispensing drugs at Nairobi’s Mater Hospital. Resistance to antibiotics is high in Africa.
Antibiotics are used extensively in Africa because of the continent's high disease burden. This also means that resistance is high. Steps are being taken to raise awareness and encourage prudent use.
A batch of ‘crapsules’
Would you freeze your poo for a rainy day of ill health?
Doctors and patients are aware of the problem – they just don’t see themselves as responsible for it.
Bacteria become problematic when an infection occurs and antibiotics that would have treated the infection are no longer effective.
The modern emphasis on sanitation has a role in our shrinking microbial populations.
Human activities have altered whole ecosystems with declines in species diversity, extinctions and the introduction of weeds and pests. But it's not just the outside world we're harming.
When we think of antibiotic overuse, we don't generally think of allergies. Research is beginning to suggest that maybe we should.
Staphylococcus aureus has confused researchers about how superbugs cause deadly infections.
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A narrow focus on bacteria that produces high levels of toxin may have misled researchers in the pursuit to understand superbugs.
The more we take antibiotics, the more likely we are to have superbugs down the line.
Antibiotics can prevent serious harm and stop infections becoming fatal. But they won't kill common cold and flu viruses, and careless overprescribing by doctors can do more harm than good.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
We used to think that antibiotic resistance came at a cost for bacteria, making them weaker. It turns out that for some bacteria, resistance can make them stronger and more virulent.
Antibiotic resistance is pressing issue in medicine but the extensive use of antibiotics in farming is part of the problem.
There’s some evidence to suggest transmission can be prevented in crowded locations with the use of simple face masks.
Bacteria qualify as "superbugs" when there are no or few remaining effective antibiotics to kill them.
New antibiotics are desperately needed to treat these infections.
Superbugs are back in the news – and everybody loves a good germ panic story.
Piling up new treatments.
Proposals for a new way to fund antibiotic research and development are just one piece of the puzzle in the fight against drug-resistance.
Recommended antibiotic courses are often arbitrary.
Advice that you have to finish the whole course of antibiotics reflects long-standing convention or the drug manufacturer’s decision during an initial trial, rather than scientific evidence.
Antibiotics from both human and animal use end up in our waterways.
We are only beginning to recognise the growing problem of antibiotics polluting our environment, and the serious repercussions it has for health.
More doctors, more antibiotics?
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When retail health clinics move into new areas, antibiotic prescription rates go up.
Superbug breeding ground? It’s not just hospitals that have to battle the threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes.
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We’ve heard a lot lately about superbugs – bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. But as the threat of superbugs continues to rise, the number of new treatments available has flatlined. This…
People know that antibiotics won’t help viruses. So why ask doctors for antibiotics?
Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health. Resistance makes it harder for physicians to treat infections and can increase the chance patients will die from an infection. What is more, the…