LONDON – Antibiotic resistant Superbug infections kill around 33,000 people per year in Europe, health experts said on Monday (November 5) and the burden of these diseases is comparable to that of influenza, tuberculosis and HIV combined .
An analysis by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) found that the impact of drug-resistant infections increased since 2007, with increases in cases of more potent and last resort antibiotic-resistant mistakes, including a known class of drugs like carbapenems.
"This … is worrying because these antibiotics are the latest treatment options available," said ECDC in a statement.
"When these are not more effective, it is extremely difficult or, in many cases, impossible to treat infections."
Experts estimate that about 70% of bacteria that can cause infection are already resistant to at least one antibiotic that is commonly used to treat them.
This has made the evolution of "superbugs" evade one or more drugs one of the greatest threats that medicine faces today.
The ECDC study, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, focused on five types of infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EU / EEA).
He discovered that about 75% of the burden of superb disease is due to infections contracted in hospitals and health clinics, known as health-related infections (HAI).
"Strategies to prevent and control antibiotic resistant bacteria require coordination in the EU / EEA and globally," he said. He added that due to the variations in the number of cases and antibiotic-resistant bacterial types that cause infection in different countries, prevention and control measures must be adapted to national situations.