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Tuesday, 7th April 2015

UK: National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies 2015 edition

Source: Cabinet Office (UK) via GOV.UK

From Antimicrobial resistance:

An increasingly serious issue is the development and spread of AMR, which occurs when drugs are no longer effective in treating infections caused by micro-organisms. Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high-risk procedures, leading to increased duration of illness and ultimately premature mortality. Much of modern medicine (for example, organ transplantation, bowel surgery and some cancer treatments) may become unsafe due to the risk of infection. In addition, influenza pandemics would become more serious without effective treatments.

The numbers of infections complicated by AMR are expected to increase markedly over the next 20 years. If a widespread outbreak were to occur, we could expect around 200,000 people to be affected by a bacterial blood infection that could not be treated effectively with existing drugs, and around 80,000 of these people might die. High numbers of deaths could also be expected from other forms of antimicrobial resistant infection.

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