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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 “

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