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Forget Fungus Zombies: Superbugs Will Get You First

Health & Medtech

Forget Fungus Zombies: Superbugs Will Get You First

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In the last century, the discovery of antibiotics has extended human lifespans and changed infected wounds and bacterial pneumonia from effective death sentences into easily curable conditions.

But now bacteria and other microbes are rapidly evolving to protect themselves against drugs that destroy them, and the overuse and misuse of antibiotics are rapidly driving us towards a “post-antibiotic future”, one in which common conditions like UTIs, gonorrhoea and skin infections may no longer be treatable.

Superbugs – antimicrobial resistant microorganisms – already kill more people globally each year than HIV and malaria, and without urgent action the United Nations predicts that by 2050 they could cause 10 million deaths yearly.

In this session - a live recording of Guardian Australia's flagship podcast Full Story - you’ll learn about the problem the World Health Organization has declared as one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity.

Full Story host Jane Lee will speak to experts including Guardian Australia health reporter Natasha May, Professor Jonathan Iredell and Professor Garry Myers, and interrogate how we can prevent a superbug crisis, as scientists urgently race to discover new drugs.

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