Antibiotics DON’T cure flu and bacteria NOT humans become resistant, say WHO experts – as they warn of ‘post-antibiotic era’ where common colds will kill again

shutterstock_308721038 Antibiotics Nov15

Article in the Daily Mail by Lizzie Parry

  • WHO launches new campaign to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance
  • Survey reveals 64% of people think the drugs can treat colds and flu
  • But antibiotics have no impact at all against viruses – only bacterial illness
  • Experts warn without urgent action we’re heading for ‘post-antibiotic era’
  • Say with increasing resistance, common colds and infections will kill again 

People across the world are naive to the ‘major’ threat posed by antibiotic resistance, world health chiefs said today.

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change, mutating to become resistant to the drugs used to treat the infections they cause.

Over-use and misuse of antibiotics increases the development of resistant bacteria, the World Health Organisation warned.

Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill, it said.

Read full article here

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