Saturday, 19 June 2021

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Medical timebomb

Sir, — All your readers under the age of 70 have been lucky to have lived through an era in which we have come to assume that bacterial infections can be cured by a course of antibiotics.

Those already over 70 might, with luck, have that protection until they die. Those coming up behind can have no such confidence.

Recently the World Health Organisation’s assistant director-general for health security stated: “A post-antibiotic era — in which common infections and minor injuries can kill — far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century.”

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