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Antibiotic resistance to ‘kill 90,000’ in Britain over the next 30 years

“More than 90,000 people will die due to antibiotic resistance in the UK over the next 30 years, estimates suggest. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that superbug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done to limit drug-resistant super bugs. This includes around 1.3 million deaths across Europe. The report estimates that 90,045 Britons will die over the next 30 years from infections which are resistant to treatment. Simple measures such as hand washing and more prudent prescriptions of antibiotics could avert some of the deaths, the authors said. Better hygiene, ending the ‘over-prescription’ of antibiotics and enhancing rapid testing for patients to ensure they are being prescribed the right drugs are some of the measures that could overcome the threat, the OECD said.”

Source: Antibiotic resistance to ‘kill 90,000’ in Britain over the next 30 years

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