Antibiotic resistance could kill us before climate change, warns country’s top medical officer
Antibiotic resistance is a major threat that “could kill us before climate change does”, the country’s chief medical officer has told Sky News.
In an exclusive interview, Professor Dame Sally Davies, who is also chief medical adviser to the UK government, told Sky News “at least 10 million could die every year if we don’t get on top of this” – claiming more lives than currently both cancer and diabetes.
As the UK seeks to forge its own post-Brexit international trade deals, Dame Sally expressed serious concerns about countries outside of the EU who use antibiotics in animal farming “at dramatically high levels”.
She argued the UK “should not be importing beef or other animals where antibiotics have been misused and growth promotion is a misuse in my book because it leads to problems across the world”.
She added: “Fish farming is quite horrible in many places – just tipping antibiotics into the feed.”
During her nine years as the first female chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally has been a trailblazer in raising the profile of the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR)……..read more
Source: Sky News