Guardian, UK - Britain's most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding.
Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said the threat from infections that are resistant to frontline antibiotics was so serious that the issue should be added to the government's national risk register of civil emergencies.
what she called an "apocalyptic scenario" where people going for simple
operations in 20 years' time die of routine infections "because we have
run out of antibiotics".
She told the Guardian: ""There are few
public health issues of potentially greater importance for society than
antibiotic resistance. It means we are at increasing risk of developing
infections that cannot be treated – but resistance can be managed."