UN warns of antibiotics crisis

 

HEALTH THREAT: Experts warn the world is facing an era in which antibiotics will no longer work
HEALTH THREAT: Experts warn the world is facing an era in which antibiotics will no longer work

SOUTH Africa is among a handful of countries identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having a notable number of gonorrhoea cases that cannot be treated with traditional antibiotics.

Other countries where this phenomenon has been reported are Australia, Canada, France, Norway and the UK. The organisation, releasing its first global report on antibiotic resistance, warned yesterday that antibiotic resistance had become a global health security threat.

The report also touched on South Africa’s high drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) rate. – Estelle Ellis

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