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ANTIBIOTICS


Each year 700,000 people from across the world die from drug resistant infections, whilst one in four prescriptions for antibiotics in the UK are unnecessary. In many countries fish and livestock farmers use antibiotics as growth promoters, often administering them  indiscriminately. Rare strains of superbugs, resistant to antibiotics, start to thrive in these artificial environments. They emerge as highly potent infectious agents that then spread across the planet with startling speed.


Sally Davies England’s Chief Medical Officer says “The world is facing an antibiotics apocalypse”. “Unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antimicrobial resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when routine operations, simple wounds or straight-forward infections could pose real threats to life “


Patients in the west expect a pill as part of their treatment and so antibiotics are too often prescribed. “In many countries land and fish farmers use antibiotics as growth promoters and indiscriminately pour them on their livestock. Antibiotics leach into streams and rivers with alarming results The creation of these soups of antibiotic laden waters and the banks of drug soaked soils is ideal for the development  of superbugs. Rare strains that are resistant to antibiotics start to thrive in farm animals that are reared in these artificial environments and emerge as highly potent infectious agents that then spread across the planet with startling speed “.