When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in London back in 1928, it changed the face of medicine. Antibiotics such as penicillin have saved the lives of millions around the world and modern healthcare is reliant on their use for cancer treatments, operations and to prevent the most simple of infections from becoming fatal.
But resistance to antibiotics is accelerating at a frightening rate, with projections that by 2050, drug-resistant infections could kill more than 10 million people worldwide every year.
In this special episode of The Cure, we aim to uncover why antibiotic resistance has become such a huge and real threat across the world. We will see first-hand how rising resistance is already affecting patients in the hospitals of the UK; how cattle farmers are exacerbating the problem; why the hunt for new antibiotics is taking researchers to the caves of South Dakota; and how a new diagnostic tool is helping identify drug-resistant TB in the townships of South Africa.
Join Dr Joff Lacey on a global journey to explore the terrifying prospect that this era of antibiotics is coming to an end – and what is being done globally to try and combat it.