Nearly 672,000 Europeans were infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 2015 and 33,000 died.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria killed 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, according to estimates from a team of European researchers published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Researchers have developed a model for calculating infections and deaths for five types of infections using data from the European antimicrobial resistance monitoring network (EARS).
For the year 2015, they estimate the number of infected people at almost 672,000 and the number of deaths attributable to multi-resistant bacteria to 33,110. The impact is "similar to the cumulative effect of influenza, tuberculosis and the AIDS virus" in the same period, the authors note.
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Infections often contracted in the hospital
The majority of deaths occur in young children younger than 12 months and older than 65 years. The impact in terms of mortality is highest in Italy and Greece, with Italy alone accounting for more than a third of deaths associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the study. During the reporting period more than 10,000 people died in Italy, including bacteria Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus.
Of the total of 670,000 infections with a multiresistant bacterium estimated in 2015, almost two thirds were contracted in the hospital, the researchers note that "the urgency to take antibiotic resistance into consideration as a vital health issue for patients and the need to design alternative treatments for patients who have other diseases and are vulnerable due to reduced immunity or age. "
Doctors regularly warn about the risk of overconsumption of antibiotics, which makes resistant, terrifying bacteria.