Study: 33,000 Deaths a Year From Resistant Infections
3,000 people die every year due to infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a team of international researchers.
In their study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, the researchers said that infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria increased since 2007 and that numbers of deaths differ hugely among different European countries.
These estimates are based on data from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network.
The researchers explained that about three-quarters of the diseases caused by these infections occur in hospitals and other health institutions. They pointed out that 39% of patients who were affected by these bacteria didn't benefit from the last drug option used in tough cases, which makes the treatment of the infection harder.
The researchers advised that there should be joint efforts among countries to address this bacteria and that antibiotics should not be prescribed to patients except in the case of real need while complying with sterilization regulations and the disinfection of germs in hospitals and healthcare institutions.
The researchers also stressed the importance of conducting more scientific research to develop effective antibiotics fighting these infections, the German News Agency reported.
Researchers from Thailand and Britain have said that the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria represents a high financial burden on communities worldwide.
Many countries have bacteria that resist the antibiotics developed so far, making doctors in the worst cases unable to stop infections which could kill patients.
About 700,000 people die each year from resistant bacteria, the study showed. However, it is difficult to obtain reliable data on the number of these deaths, as bacterial diseases spread in hospitals in Europe cause about 25,000 deaths annually, according to the data of the Robert Koch Institute in Germany.