September 20, 2016

Global leaders are set to put superbugs on the world stage

Written by Helen Branswell

This post originally appeared on Stat News.

Heads of state from around the globe will gather this week to try to address a long-neglected issue that poses perhaps the biggest health threat the world faces: the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.

Antimicrobial resistance is not traditionally the domain of world leaders, and health-related issues — outside of crises such as the Ebola outbreak — are rarely discussed at venues like the United Nations General Assembly.

But a high-level meeting scheduled for Wednesday at this year’s UN gathering is a testament to fast-rising concern over the rate at which bacteria are learning to evade science’s last remaining tools against them.

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