The Shock We Saw Coming?

(Apr 30, 2015)

The impact of a mortality shock is by definition hard to predict. We don't know with certainty if or when a shock might occur, or what effects it might have on mortality in the years that follow. However, something that might break this pattern is antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the property of certain pathogens - be they bacterial, viral or fungal - to evolve immunity to previously effective treatments. Although this is an area we've heard much about in recent times, it has actually been subject to rigorous examination for more than half a century. Resistance to penicillin was even warned of by its discoverer during his Nobel acceptance speech.

"The time may come when penicillin can be bought…

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Tags: mortality shock, AMR, antibiotics

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