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Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ kill more than 1.2 million globally in one year: Study – National | Globalnews.ca

These “superbugs” have joined the ranks of the world’s leading infectious disease killers, with antibiotic-resistant microbes causing more than 1.2 million deaths globally a year, new research suggests.

Antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' kill more than 1.2 million globally in one year: Study - National | Globalnews.ca

The new estimate, published Thursday in the medical journal Lancet, is not a full count of such deaths, but an attempt to fill a gap in countries that report little or no data on the germ’s toll.

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The World Health Organization has been citing a global estimate _several years old_ that suggested that at least 700,000 people die each year from antimicrobial resistant germs. But health officials have long acknowledged that little information has been received from many countries.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microbes such as bacteria and fungi gain the ability to fight off the drugs they were designed to kill. The problem is not new, but it has gained attention amid concerns about a lack of new drugs to fight germs.

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WHO officials said in a statement that the new study “clearly demonstrates the existential threat” that drug-resistant microbes pose.

Over the past few decades, health officials have tried to intensify efforts to find funding and solutions. This also includes trying to get better control over tolls. In the US, in 2019 the Centers for Disease Control estimated that more than 35,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections _ or about 1% of people who develop such infections.


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In the new paper, researchers projected 23 germ-linked deaths in 204 countries and territories in 2019. They estimated deaths in all parts of the world using data from hospitals, surveillance systems, other studies and other sources.

They concluded that more than 1.2 million people died of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, a large subset of the resistance problem also seen in drugs targeting fungi and viruses.

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The estimate _ which includes deaths from drug-resistant tuberculosis _ suggests that the annual number of such germs exceeds global crises like HIV and malaria.

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“Previous estimates predicted 10 million annual deaths from antimicrobial resistance by 2050, but we now know for certain that we are already much closer to that figure than we thought,” said study co-authors from the University of Washington. Writer Christopher Murray said. a statement.

University of Iowa epidemiologist Christine Peterson described the methodology of the new paper as “state of the art.” But she noted that the authors were nonetheless forced to make big assumptions about what is happening in data scarce places, such as sub-Saharan Africa.

“They really have no idea in those areas,” Peterson said.

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