Doctors, governments and the public must be "brave enough" to re-regulate antibiotics in Australia if the country is to avoid a "plague" of multidrug- resistant bacteria, according to an article in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Associate Professor David Looke, who co-authored the editorial and is president of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, warned there was not enough tracking of resistance trends in Australia.
The authors wrote that unfettered use of antimicrobial agents in humans and animals caused an alarming rise in the rates of antimicrobial resistance, particularly in the developing world.
"Without intervention, many of the greatest advances in medicine will be under significant threat," the authors wrote.They were particularly concerned about "gram-negative bacteria", common human pathogens that caused conditions such as urinary tract infections, peritonitis and hospital- acquired pneumonia.
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