“The implications will be devastating”, warns Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security. The now very real threat of potentially disastrous implications of drug-resistant superbugs, as outlined in a new report recently released by the WHO, is what Fukuda is referring to.

A researcher holding a petri dish with a culture at the microbiology lab of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, a hospital in Antwerp on August 13, 2010 (AFP Photo) | Photo via

Data from 114 countries included in the report revealed that threatening superbugs can now be found in every region of the world. The report noted that there is not only a single superbug found across the globe, but in fact numerous variations of bacteria which are resistant to common last-resort treatments for gonorrhea, E.coli, and the Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria, among others.

The spread of superbugs is suggested by some experts to be a result of overuse and misuse of antibiotics, with some such experts stating that “that achievements of modern medicine are now in jeopardy” as a result.

With the release of the report, groups such as Antibiotic Action, are calling for concrete steps to be taken.

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