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Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose ‘apocalyptic’ threat, top expert says
Posted By admin On January 24, 2013 @ 6:44 am In World News | Comments Disabled
London Guardian 
Jan 24, 2013
Britain’s most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding.
Dame Sally Davies , the chief medical officer, said the threat from infections that are resistant to frontline antibiotics  was so serious that the issue should be added to the government’s national risk register of civil emergencies .
She described  what she called an “apocalyptic scenario” where people going for simple operations in 20 years’ time die of routine infections “because we have run out of antibiotics”.
The register was established in 2008 to advise the public and businesses on national emergencies that Britain could face in the next five years. The highest priority risks on the latest register include a deadly flu outbreak, catastrophic terrorist attacks, and major flooding on the scale of 1953, the last occasion on which a national emergency was declared in the UK.
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 London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/23/antibiotic-resistant-diseases-apocalyptic-threat
 Dame Sally Davies: http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/category/chief-professional-officers/chief-medical-officer/
 antibiotics: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/antibiotics
 national risk register of civil emergencies: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/national-risk-register
 She described: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=12365&wfs=true
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