March 18, 2023

WHO Warns of 'Silent Pandemic' Over Bacterial Deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning of a "silent pandemic" over antimicrobial resistance from infections that doctors have been unable to cure.

The new report is set to be further discussed at a meeting in April among medical researchers in Denmark.

"Antibiotic resistance is one of the major concerns in modern medicine today," Dr. Aaron Glatt, chief of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital on Long Island, New York, told Fox News Digital.

"There is a dearth of safe, effective and inexpensive agents to use to treat many of these significant infections," added Glatt. "It is critical that new and innovative products be investigated."

"While it is not dominating current news headlines, the next public health crisis is already here: the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibiotic treatment," Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) said in a statement.

"Antimicrobials—including antibiotics—play a fundamental role in our health care system's most common and most complex medical procedures, preventing infection, fighting disease, and saving lives along the way," he added.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that antibiotic resistance kills someone in the United States every 15 minutes, amounting to at least 35,000 lives lost annually, according to the news release from the senator.

The proposed PASTEUR Act, introduced with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) seeks to develop new antibiotics needed to innovate against the medical concern.

Young and others contend that instead of waiting for another pandemic the medical field must work in advance to stop such widespread concerns from taking place in the future.

The new concern could be one of few bipartisan medical efforts to receive support in the highly partisan Congress as all Americans seek to avoid future pandemic-level concerns.

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