Antibiotic-evading superbugs are continuing to strengthen and proliferate, reports the WHO in a recent release (also covered here, and here).

Quite simply, the result of this spreading threat is that in many cases, many common yet important drugs no longer have effectiveness. In certain countries, hospital-acquired infections -which can be common- caused by the bacteria K. pneumoniae (which causes pneumonia and blood infections among others) are not treatable in half of individuals experiencing the problems.

The WHO findings are strongly supported by Jennifer Cohn of Médecins Sans Frontières.

“We see horrendous rates of antibiotic resistance wherever we look in our field operations, including children admitted to nutritional centres in Niger, and people in our surgical and trauma units in Syria,” she said.

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