EDITORIAL: The great resistance

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A quote from Alexander Fleming’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1945: “the time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug, make them resistant.” Fleming’s premonitory words proved devastatingly accurate.

A far greater threat than Ebola will ever be, the spread of antibiotic resistance and concurrent evolution of superbugs has been happening for many years, and due to our “ignorance” is now set to reach epidemic proportions.

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