Health officials are warning people not to take antibiotics unless they need them following a rise in drug-resistant infections which risks putting medicine “back in the dark ages”.A report by Public Health England shows blood stream infections caused by bugs resistant to one or more key antibiotics have risen by 35% in four years from 12,250 in 2013 to 16,504 in 2017.It said more than three million common procedures such as cesarean sections and hip replacements, as well as cancer treatments, which require antibiotics to prevent infections could become deadly without working drugs.”Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves,” PHE said.

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