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1default Drug resistant infections on December 11th 2014, 4:05 am

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Is this how life will end?

Drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide - more than currently die from cancer - by 2050 unless action is taken, a study says.

They are currently implicated in 700,000 deaths each year.

The analysis, presented by the economist Jim O'Neill, said the costs would spiral to $100tn (£63tn).

He was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron in July to head a review of antimicrobial resistance.

Mr O'Neill told the BBC: "To put that in context, the annual GDP [gross domestic product] of the UK is about $3tn, so this would be the equivalent of around 35 years without the UK contribution to the global economy."

The reduction in population and the impact on ill-health would reduce world economic output by between 2% and 3.5%.

The analysis was based on scenarios modelled by researchers Rand Europe and auditors KPMG.

They found that drug resistant E. coli, malaria and tuberculosis (TB) would have the biggest impact.

In Europe and the United States, antimicrobial resistance causes at least 50,000 deaths each year, they said. And left unchecked, deaths would rise more than 10-fold by 2050.



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2default Re: Drug resistant infections on December 11th 2014, 6:47 am

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Oh I do not know if you have heard but doctors here are saying that they are on the last antibiotic they can use where gonorrhea and some of the sexual diseases are concerned. They are now saying that some of the major sexual diseases has become resistant to everything except rocephin (the strongest antibiotic known).


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3default Re: Drug resistant infections on December 11th 2014, 3:21 pm

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No. I hadn't heard that. It looks like it could well be a disease, and possibly one that is resistant to drugs, that will finally kill off the human population.

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4default Re: Drug resistant infections on December 11th 2014, 11:50 pm

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Just one mean virus or germ is all it would take and at present there are many diseases and viruses for which there is still no cure which have the potential to wipe out most all human life on the planet if left unchecked.  

But what if something common like measles, or small pox which we currently have vaccines for suddenly mutated into a deadly strain? It would be a nightmare for doctors as well as people.
Lets take small pox for example. It is 100% airborne and as a result is 100% contagious.  if it were to able to combine with something like Ebola it would have the potential to infect and wipe out all but 8% of the worlds population.

The impact of something like this would be so drastic that the general public would be in danger from not having enough people to support the current infrastructure.

For example, power plants would not have enough skilled people or the time to safely shut down and would melt down. Factories would halt production because there would be little or no workers.  The list goes on and on of the possibilities of thing that could or would happen should such an event occur.


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