Antibiotic resistance a global threat to modern medicine: WHO
May 1, 2014: Resistance to antibiotic drugs is a serious threat across the world and
has the potential to affect people of all ages and in any country. The warning appears
in the World Health Organization's very first report on antimicrobial resistance or
drug resistance. Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses
or fungi. Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security explains.
"Worldwide, many infections are very common. Pneumonia which are infections of the
lungs, urinary tract infections, infections of the blood system, diarrhoea in some
instances, sexually transmitted diseases, these are infections that occur on a regular
basis in large numbers all around the world. What this means is that we are losing
the ability to treat these kinds of infections which we see everywhere." Dr Fukuda
adds that the ability to address infections that affect developing countries more
than others will also be eroded. He has also warned that common ailments which
have been treatable for decades will kill again if antibiotics lose their effectiveness.