In its analysis, ECDC found that the consequences of the diseases that cause resistant bacteria have worsened since 2007. In particular, cases where the infection is resistant to stronger antibiotics such as carbapenhomes, known as "last resort" antibiotics, are particularly worrying .
"It's … it's disturbing because these antibiotics are the latest treatment options," said ECDC in a statement. "If these drugs are not more effective, it will be extremely difficult or, in many cases, impossible to cure," added the Center.
Health professionals estimate that about 70 percent of bacteria that can cause infections are resistant to antibiotics that are commonly used to treat these infections. The development of bacteria that are resistant to one or more drugs is one of the greatest threats that medicine currently faces.
In its report, ECDC focused on five types of infections that cause resistant bacteria in the EU and in the European Economic Area. According to its results, 75 percent of people are infected with these bacterial infections in hospitals or clinics.