Experts in health and infectious diseases will today argue that a combination of antimicrobial resistance, complacency, austerity, climate change, urbanisation and migration are increasing the risk of infectious diseases and pandemics.
26 antibiotics, including colistin, proved ineffective against the superbug that killed a 70 US woman.
The WHO has published the results of an online Q&A discussion about vaccination and antibiotic resistance.
Speaking at an International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) event in London, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gina Radford, argued that too few of us wash our hands properly, despite the importance of doing so to reduce the risk of infections. She argued that “On a day to day basis, you should wash your hands with soap and water for the length of one verse of God Save the Queen or two times through Happy Birthday”.
Researchers from St Andrews University and the research facility Diamond Light Source have unravelled the structure of a key enzyme in Streptococcus pneumoniae.