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New breed of superbugs which are resistant to antibiotics could kill 80,000 Britons in one outbreak as scientists warn even catching flu could have ‘serious’ impact

A new generation of superbugs resistant to antibiotics could kill up to 80,000 Britons in a single outbreak, government research predicts.

In the next 20 years, surgery could become too risky because of an increased risk of infection, while catching flu could have a ‘serious’ impact on individuals. Figures issued by the Cabinet Office warn that previously effective drugs will become useless in the face of resistant bugs, causing a surge in the number of sufferers of illnesses such as tuberculosis and pneumonia.

For the first time the annual National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies, which assesses the challenges posed by terrorism, natural disasters, disease and industrial strife, has included the dangers of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report says: ‘Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high-risk procedures, leading to increased duration of illness and ultimately premature mortality. ‘Much of modern medicine, for example organ transplantation, bowel surgery and some cancer treatments, may become unsafe due to the risk of infection. ‘In addition, influenza pandemics would become more serious without effective treatments.

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Breakthrough in the war on superbugs: British scientists decode defence mechanism of bacteria in discovery that could pave way for new drugs

British researchers have decoded a key defence mechanism
Breakthrough paves the way for new drugs to treat those bugs
It follows warnings that the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs could drag the health service back to the 19th century

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2662046/Breakthrough-war-superbugs-British-scientists-decode-defence-mechanism-bacteria-discovery-path-way-new-drugs.html

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