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'Superbugs' a far greater risk than Covid in Pacific, scientist warns

Antimicrobial resistance ‘biggest human health threat, bar none’, says Australian research director ahead of three-year study in Fiji
A microbiologist works with tubes of bacteria samples in an antimicrobial resistance research lab. Dr Paul De Barro says Covid doesn’t have anywhere near the potential impact of antimicrobial resistance. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far greater risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”,an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji.

“If you thought Covid was bad, you don’t want anti-microbial resistance,” Dr Paul De Barro, biosecurity research director at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, told The Guardian.

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