Britain launching global superbug fight

Prime Minister David Cameron holds a press conference as part of a European Council in Brussels on June 27, 2014Britain is to lead a global effort to combat antibiotic-resistant superbugs that threaten to knock medicine "back into the dark ages," Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday. Unless new antibiotics are found, the rise of untreatable bacteria threatens a "unthinkable scenario" where once-treatable minor infections become fatal, he said. As bacteria and viruses develop resistance to existing antibiotics, the effectiveness of such treatments naturally diminishes. Cameron privately raised the issue with US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 summit last month and believes he has their agreement for a co-ordinated international push.

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