Thursday, 11 December 2014

Drug-resistant infections could lead to 10 million extra deaths a year

We woke this morning to a storm, with Britain, for once, leading an exposure.

It is Jim O'Neill and his report on Antibiotic Resistance, of course.

It seems appropriate to mark the occasion and to congratulate one of the most important journalists exposing the scandal with her book "Superbug" - Maryn McKenna, of course.

For this blog, it is 14 years of campaigning coming to a conclusion, quite soon perhaps, leaving behind a useful record of some significant events recorded on the newsgroup and elsewhere - even Hansard at the House of Commons and OLAF the serious fraud squad of the EU.

The Guardian report of the latest news here is pretty comprehensive

Drug-resistant infections could lead to 10 million extra deaths a year – report

The Guardian 

Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill, who chaired the report, said AMR represents a more certain threat than climate change in the short term. “We cannot allow these projections to materialise for any of us, especially our fellow citizens in the ...

Other typical headlines follow:

Superbugs to kill 'more than cancer' by 2050

BBC News 

The tide of drug-resistant superbugs threatens to overwhelm us ifaction isn't taken

ITV News 

Superbug threat to human race 'more certain' than climate change – inquiry chief

How superbugs could cost the world $100 trillion by 2050

Superbugs Could Kill Over 10 Million A Year

Sky News

That's enough: the headlines are circling the world faster than the writer can type.

What the reports do not yet do, as far as we can see, is make the link to the veterinary industry and their excesses.

That will follow very soon, with their drug dealers, and their associated criminal activities, coming under international scrutiny and being called to account.

Antibiotics have to be removed from veterinary control urgently and the proceeds of associated crime in Britain confiscated to help the NHS.

The problems for veterinarians will be deep and wide: the absence of antibiotics impacts veterinary practice even more seriously than human medicine - there is little veterinarians can do for animals without antibiotics.

So we are witnessing the beginning of the collapse, in total disgrace, of an industry that ruthlessly exploited their power and dominance.