The use of antibiotics – substances active against bacteria – belongs to the great breakthroughs in medicine. However, overuse renders them ineffective: “A new report by WHO – its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally – reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a major threat to public health.” (2014 World Health Organization News Release)

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