How Brexit Affects Infectious Diseases
The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains has increased steadily in recent years. Such resistance to antibiotics can become a real threat to all of humanity. British health officials have now warned that the so-called Brexit can lead to an increase in antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.
Should Britain really exit the EU, this could lead to a drastic increase in antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. At least British health officials warned of such a dramatic impact.
Cooperation between health authorities needs to be strengthened
People in the UK are already at serious risk from the infectious disease, the experts say. If the government is unable to develop a relationship between UK and EU health authorities, the threat will increase. Outbreaks of infectious diseases are currently being investigated by the UK and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Travel leads to the spread of the infection
There is a fear that it may be difficult to maintain such a close working relationship after Britain's exit from the EU. But due to the close proximity of the United Kingdom to mainland Europe and the associated many trips in both directions, the risk of spreading the infection is relatively high.
Diseases know no borders
At the moment, the biggest concern for medical professionals is uncertainty. It is not yet clear where such an increased risk will lead, Niall Dickson of the NHS Confederation told the Evening Standard. One effect, however, is clear: the problem affects not only British patients, but also people in Europe. It is in everyone's interest to maximize collaboration. Unfortunately, illnesses know no borders, the researchers emphasize. Political interests have to be put behind the interests of patients in the EU and the UK.
Good cooperation bears fruit
Using the example of infection of a man in the UK with resistant gonorrhea, the experts explain the advantages of international cooperation. Thanks to the collaboration between authorities in the UK, the EU and WHO, health professionals have been able to track where the man was infected and then investigate whether the person has already passed the disease on to other people.
Infectious diseases get out of control through communication
At the time the case was confirmed, British health experts said this was the first case of the condition to show such high resistance to most common antibiotics. If the UK doesn't guarantee permanent access to ECDC systems after leaving the EU, infectious diseases could get out of control due to communication delays, experts say. (as)