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Parliamentary questions
2 March 2017
E-001460-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dubravka Šuica (PPE)

 Subject:  Twelve new bacteria
 Answer(s) 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first list of 12 pathogenic bacteria that pose a significant threat to human health. As they are becoming resistant to most antibiotics, these 12 bacteria pose the greatest threat to humanity. WHO experts warn that in the near future these bacteria could pose a greater threat to mankind than all cancers combined.

In cases where antibiotics are losing their effectiveness, efficiency and power, surgical procedures such as caesarean sections, organ transplants, and even chemotherapy can become dangerous, risky and deadly medical interventions.

Currently, about 700 000 people a year worldwide die of consequences of infections caused by these bacteria, and it is estimated that by 2050, this number could reach 10 million.

The objective of this WHO publication is to encourage scientists and the pharmaceutical industry to start new research to find antibiotics capable of destroying those bacteria.

What does the Commission plan to do about the 12 new bacteria and encouraging research to find new antibiotics?

Original language of question: HR 
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