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Our antibiotics are becoming useless

Author: UCA Admin/Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Categories: Industry News

Posted on vox.com

By 2050, 10 million people could die each year from diseases that have grown resistant to drugs.

“Common diseases are becoming untreatable.” That’s the blunt warning issued on page one of a major new United Nations report on drug resistance. If we don’t make a radical change now, the report says, drug-resistant diseases could kill 10 million people a year by 2050.

Drug resistance is what happens when we overuse antibiotics in the treatment of humans, animals, and plants. When a new antibiotic is introduced, it can have great, even life-saving results — for a while. But then the bacteria adapt. Gradually, the antibiotic becomes less effective, and we’re left with a disease that we don’t know how to treat.

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