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Death rate from drug-resistant infections compared to malaria and AIDS — RT World News

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Analysis of 204 countries shows more than 1.2 million people died from infections that became resistant to treatment

A study published in The Lancet warns that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) “poses a major threat to human health worldwide”, because over-prescribing treatment for treatable infections makes drugs less effective against serious illnesses.

The US-led research, which looked at the situation in 204 countries, estimated that 1.2 million deaths were directly caused by AMR in 2019, while drug-resistant bacteria played a role in up to to five million deaths on top of that.

This is more than the number of people who died of AIDS (860,000) and malaria (640,000) in the same year. AMR-related deaths have been primarily caused by infections of the respiratory system, such as pneumonia, and of the bloodstream, which lead to the development of sepsis.

The assessment was made after reviewing hospital patient records, studies and other data sources, with young children most at risk, as one in five AMR-related deaths were in people aged five. years and under.


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“Spending must be directed towards preventing infections in the first place, ensuring that existing antibiotics are used appropriately and wisely, and bringing new antibiotics to market,” Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy said in response to the study.

The Lancet study comes months after British health officials warned that AMR could create a “hidden pandemic” as harmful bacteria could grow to evade treatment, putting the public at risk.

The UK Health Security Agency said one in five people infected in 2020 had an illness that was AMR, potentially leading to serious complications or even hospitalization due to ineffective medication.

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