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Drug resistance is a worldwide threat, warns report

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1109
  1. A Tonks

    Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is increasing worldwide, leading to the resurgence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and typhoid fever, says the British Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in a report published this week. Drug resistance has spread rapidly among strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae, a common cause of pneumonia and meningitis. This organism is now resistant to penicillin in many places, including Alaska, South Africa, and Chile.

    In Britain resistance to penicillin is …

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