Su­per­bugs could kill up to 2.4m in three decades

Taranaki Daily News - - World -

Su­per­bugs could kill 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple in North Amer­ica and Aus­tralia and 1.3 mil­lion in Europe over the next 30 years, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment. How­ever, the au­thors added that sim­ply by im­ple­ment­ing sen­si­ble poli­cies on hand­wash­ing and by cut­ting down on the over­pre­scrip­tion of an­tibi­otics the fig­ure could be re­duced by a mil­lion. Bac­te­rial re­sis­tance is a nat­u­ral and in­evitable con­se­quence of evo­lu­tion, as mi­crobes gain mu­ta­tions that de­fend them from an­tibi­otics.

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