Death sparks antibiotics use warning

Simple infections could turn deadly while chemotherapy and organ transplants may be deemed too risky in future unless authorities act quickly to cut the use of antibiotics in Australia, infectious disease experts warn.

Their warning was sparked by a woman who died in the United States after doctors were unable to find an antibiotic that could treat an infection she developed after breaking her leg.

The Australasian Society for Infections Diseases experts say the woman’s death may herald a post-antibiotic era in which high-level antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is widespread, meaning disease-causing bacteria could become untreatable.

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