UTIs could soon be life-threatening without new antibiotics

UTIs could soon be life-threatening without new antibiotics

For the first time, the World Health Organization has named which bacteria we most urgently need new antibiotics to fight, as they become increasingly resistant to the ones we’ve already got. Top of the list are gut bacteria such as Escherichia coli – a deadly threat in hospitals, but also the leading cause of urinary tract infections, which affect an estimated 250 million people a year, most of them women.

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The colistin resistance that could make UTIs untreatable is thought to have arisen as a result of using large amounts of the drug as a growth promoter in livestock.

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