In a latest medical study, it has been revealed that more than 33,000 people were killed by superbugs in the countries of European Union. The study published in the medical research journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases conducted by a team of doctors from EU countries. According to the study, drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, and warned that superbugs were “threatening modern healthcare.”
They found that more than 670,000 people fell ill in 2015 from these five strains, and an estimated 33,110 died as a result.The burden of these deaths in the EU “was similar to the cumulative burden of influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV” during the same time frame, the study noted. The majority of deaths were thought to have occurred in infants under 12 months and the over 65s.
The mortality burden was highest in Italy and Greece, with Italy alone accounting for more than a third of all EU superbug deaths in the year studied. As consumption of antibiotics soars globally, doctors have frequently sounded the alarm over multidrug-resistant bacteria strains.
Our finding that most of the estimated burden was in hospitals and other health-care settings suggests the urgent need to address antimicrobial resistance as a patient safety issue and the need for alternative treatment options for patients with such infections,” said the research team.
The researchers singled out Italy and Greece, which combined for one fifth of all infections, for particular concern. In the study period, more than 10,000 people died in Italy from bugs including E-coli and MRSA, something the team said was significant “even if one considers its large ageing population.” In Greece, where most deaths were attributed to a single drug-resistant strain of bacteria, authors said there was an “urgent need” to increase defenses against specific superbugs.
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