Because ‘We’re Running Out of Time,’ World Leaders Finally Commit to Tackling Superbug Scourge

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Because ‘We’re Running Out of Time,’ World Leaders Finally Commit to Tackling Superbug Scourge

“It’s clear that if we don’t begin to reverse it now, it’s going to be much harder in the future”

MRSA attacks a human cell. The bacteria shown is the strain MRSA 252, a leading cause of hospital-associated infections. (Image: Rocky Mountain Laboratories/NIAID/NIH)

More than a decade after the World Health Organization (WHO) began warning about its global threats, world leaders on Wednesday are gathering for a historic high-level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, where they committed to a coordinated approach to discuss how to fight the scourge of “superbugs“—or antimicrobial resistance.

“We are losing our ability to treat infections,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, a senior World Health Organization official in charge of anti-microbial resistance, told Agence France-Presse.

MRSA attacks a human cell. The bacteria shown is the strain MRSA 252, a leading cause of hospital-associated infections. (Image: Rocky Mountain Laboratories/NIAID/NIH)

More than a decade after the World Health Organization (WHO) began warning about its global threats, world leaders on Wednesday are gathering for a historic high-level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, where they committed to a coordinated approach to discuss how to fight the scourge of “superbugs“—or antimicrobial resistance.

“We are losing our ability to treat infections,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, a senior World Health Organization official in charge of anti-microbial resistance, told Agence France-Presse.—http://www.commondreams.org/author/andrea-germanos-staff-writer

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