THE SCIENCE BEHIND CATCH
HOW ANTIBIOTICS WORK
Antibiotics are the drugs we use to fight bacterial infections. Through misuse and overuse, they are losing their effectiveness at an alarming rate, making antibiotics resistance one of the most significant emerging public health threats today:
- A World Health Organization report released in April 2014 stated "this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
- An estimated 50,000 people die in Europe and the United States each year from infections resistant to antibiotic drugs.
- Without antibiotics, things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could be fatal. And medical procedures such as chemotherapy and organ transplants become near impossible.
- As the drugs fail, the world becomes a more dangerous place, and we all become more vulnerable.