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Antibiotics Losing Potency in European Countries

Bloomberg News reports that antibiotics that are often used as the “last line of defense against life-threatening germs” are losing their potency in the European population. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has reported that “a germ called Acinetobacter has become resistant to one of the last resorts to treat bacterial infections in more than 25% of cases in 8 out of 18 countries.” Additional data has shown that Carbapenems, often used to treat hospital-acquired infections, have become ineffective in treating “Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can infect the urinary tract, respiratory tract and bloodstream.” According to the World Health Organization, no new antibiotics have been developed in the past 25 years leading to concern that “old or toxic” drugs will be used to treat patients.

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.