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Antibiotic Resistance a Major Threat

medicine(CNN) — The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for a global action plan to protect the power of antibiotics.

WHO released its first global report on antimicrobial resistance Wednesday.

The report warns that misuse and overuse of antibiotics could lead to a post-antibiotic era, where common infections that are usually easy to treat can kill.

According to WHO, the increased use of antibiotics in livestock and the failure of patients to take antibiotics as prescribed are turning microbes into potentially unstoppable superbugs.

The organization is urging a reduction of non-health uses of antimicrobial drugs, more research, and better use of vaccines.

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