Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Antibiotic crisis

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates resistant infections could kill about 2.4 million people in Europe, North America and Australia by 2050. It says superbugs could kill 1.3m people in Europe unless more is done to tackle issue. More than 90,000 people in Britain will die over the next three decades unless action is taken to halt the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbug infections.

There are growing concerns about the increasing number of infections that have evolved resistance to first-line drugs, leaving a dwindling number of treatment options available. The problem of resistance is growing even more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries. Resistance to second- and third-line antibiotics – used as backup to treat infections when common antibiotics do not work – is expected to increase over the coming decades.

A short-term investment to tackle superbugs would save lives and money, the OECD said, estimating that halting the rise of resistant infections would cost just $2 (£1.50) per person a year.

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