The Independent has reported that a stark warning of a potential "post-antibiotic apocalypse" has been issued by England's chief medical officer (CMO), Dame Sally Davies, who has called on world leaders to take action on antibiotic resistance.
Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell "the end of modern medicine".
"Modern cancer treatment is risky and transplant medicine becomes a thing of the past".
Dame Sally told the Press Association: 'We really are facing, if we don't take action now, a terrible post-antibiotic apocalypse.
"I don't want to say to my children that I didn't so my best to protect them and their children", she said. Speaking to The Independent, the Trust's head of drug resistant infections, Tim Jinks, said: "While we have seen progress in recognition around the world of the threat that superbugs pose, we need to retain momentum".
If no action is taken, it has been estimated that this figure may potentially rise to 10 million deaths annually by the year 2050.
In recent years, the United Kingdom has led a drive to raise global awareness of the threat posed to modern medicine by antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Now the United Kingdom government and the Wellcome Trust are urging health officials from around the world to respond to the crisis.
While in the United Kingdom, one in four antibiotic prescriptions is not needed, Davis said "other countries use vastly more antibiotics in the community and they need to start doing as we are, which is reducing usage", she said. But other countries use vastly more antibiotics in the community and they need to start doing as we are, which is reducing dosage.
'Our latest data shows we have reduced human consumption by 4.3% in 2014-15 from the year before'.
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Dame Sally said that because antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is "hidden", people "just let it pass". We already have deaths across the world because of drug-resistant infections, we can not put up with this.
'If it was anything else people would be up in arms about it.
Dame Sally, who has repeatedly warned of the dangers of superbugs, said that because AMR is "hidden", people "just let it pass".
"We need some real work on the ground to make a difference or we risk the end of modern medicine".
Antibiotic resistance has been on the agenda for several years with regulatory bodies and health agencies around the world looking at various schemes to help avert a potential crisis.
Foreign and global development minister Alistair Burt said the project will help to "pinpoint problem areas". "Part of the problem has been a lack of co-ordination of global efforts and an understanding of where we need to target our future efforts".
'High-level commitments must quickly become action. Globally this number is around 700,000.
But antibiotic resistance takes place when the bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. "When in fact they are trying to save the drugs, so that they work when they are actually needed". There is no doubt that together, we can stop the superbugs which could undermine the whole of modern medicine.
The Academy had pledged to build stronger research links between the United Kingdom and India - where it is estimated that 60,000 babies die each year due to drug-resistant infections.
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