Skip to main content

World Entering “Post-Antibiotic Era,” WHO Says

min read

By ActiveBeat Author

The World Health Organization (WHO) — a United Nations agency — has expressed serious concerns about emerging “superbugs” which are resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics.

In a new report issued today, WHO says viruses are rapidly developing resistances to antibiotics, making many drugs ineffective against them. “The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” noted WHO health security assistant director-general Keiji Fukuda.

WHO’s report is based on data collected from 114 countries. In every single one of those countries superbugs have started to evade the most powerful antibiotics, which are sometimes referred to as “carbapenems”.

So, why is this happening?

WHO says there’s been an overuse of antibiotics, meaning physicians have been prescribing these drugs in cases where they may not have been necessary. That has allowed viruses to slowly build up a resistance.

One of the deadliest superbugs is MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is resistant to the penicillins like methicillin, dicloxacillin, nafcillin, and oxacillin. WHO estimates that MRSA could soon kill more people in the United States each year than HIV or AIDS.

With that in mind, Fukuda says it’s time we start changing how we think about infection and our use of antibiotics.

“Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics … the implications will be devastating,” Fukuda said.

ActiveBeat Author


Activebeat is dedicated to bringing readers all of the important news and information in the world of health. From recalls and outbreaks to fitness, nutrition and studies, we cover every aspect of health news, every day.

Trending Health News


Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Listeria Outbreak
By Katherine George Trending Health News

Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Listeria Outbreak

Hard boiled eggs may be the cause of a listeria outbreak in five different states. At the time of this post, seven people have fallen ill, four have been hospitalized, and there has been one death. The affected states are Florida, Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. On Dec. 18, a food safety alert was […]

Read More about Hard-Boiled Eggs Linked To Listeria Outbreak

2 min read

Blackberry-Related Hepatitis A Outbreak in Six States
By Katherine George Trending Health News

Blackberry-Related Hepatitis A Outbreak in Six States

The most recent food recall is linked to store-bought blackberries which may have caused a hepatitis A outbreak in several states. Last month the CDC announced the initial recall of blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets during September 2019 as a result of a possible contamination. According to the CDC report, by December 2, […]

Read More about Blackberry-Related Hepatitis A Outbreak in Six States

2 min read