"The threat posed by antibiotic resistance should be considered to be as dangerous as terrorism."

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Wed, Mar 13th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Dame Sally Davies, the United Kingdom's Chief Medical Officer, "the threat posed by antibiotic resistance should be considered to be as dangerous as terrorism."

Her report states: "There is a need for politicians in the UK to prioritise antimicrobial resistance as a major area of concern, including on the national risk register (specifically the National Security Risk Assessment) and pushing for action internationally as well as in local healthcare services.

"Antimicrobial resistance is a ticking time-bomb not only for the UK but also for the world. We need to work with everyone to ensure the apocalyptic scenario of widespread antimicrobial resistance does not become a reality. This threat is arguably as important as climate change for the world."

Dame Sally said: "Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat. If we don't act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can't be treated by antibiotics. And routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection.

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