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Hospital-acquired infections - a ticking bomb?



First made available during the Second World War, antibiotics transformed medical practice significantly. They had a profound impact on the recovery of patients suffering from bacterial infections, and made possible the development of advanced medical procedures. A universal optimism prevailed at the time and the �war� against bacteria was declared over.
Unfortunately, the euphoria over these �miracle drugs� has led to their misuse. Bacteria have shown an ability to develop strains resistant to antibiotics. Europe now faces a public health problem that has the potential to reach disastrous levels brought about by:
- A rapid increase in the numbers of resistant bacteria;
- A simultaneous downward trend in the development of new antibiotics; and
- An educational and information hurdle which must be overcome.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Brussels, European Commission, DG Research, 2004, 6 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-63-04-311-EN-D Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
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