Antibiotic resistance: Global action needed

11/20/2013 | Lancet Infectious Diseases, The

Achievements in modern medicine, such as major surgery, organ transplantation, treatment of preterm babies and cancer chemotherapy, which we today take for granted, would not be possible without access to effective treatment for bacterial infections. Within just a few years, we might be faced with dire setbacks, medically, socially and economically, unless real and unprecedented global coordinated actions are immediately taken. Here, we describe the global situation of antibiotic resistance, its major causes and consequences, and identify key areas in which action is urgently needed. (Free registration required.)

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