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Should I Be Worried About Resistance to Antibiotics?

The World Health Organization calls resistance to antibiotics “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today.” 

The World Health Organization calls resistance to antibiotics “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today.” 

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Hi folks, it’s Kristen in New York. This week, a reader wonders just how bad of a problem antibiotic resistance has become. But before we get to that...

What is the current state of antibiotic resistance? Are we headed to a time where a seemingly benign ailment such as a chronic urinary tract infection will cause death? — Lynne in Minnesota 

While antibiotic resistance hasn’t been the dominant global health story of late for obvious reasons, it’s still a major concern. In fact, the World Health Organization describes it as “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today.”