Antibiotic resistant bacteria are responsible for the death of 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, according to the estimates of European researchers published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.
The researchers developed a model for calculating infections and fatalities for five types of infections using data from the European Anti-Microbial Resistance Network (EARS).
For 2015, they estimate 671,689 numbers of infected people and 33,110 deaths attributable to multiple bacteria.
The impact is "comparable to the cumulative effect of influenza, tuberculosis and AIDS virus" in the same period, authors note.
Most fatalities occur in children under 12 months of age or older than 65 years. The mortality impact is greatest in Italy and Greece, as only Italy has more than a third of the deaths associated with superb bacteria, according to the study.
Doctors regularly warn about the risk of excessive antibiotic consumption, which makes resistant strained bacteria.
The Australian team warned last September about the spread of bacteria that is resistant to all known drugs, Staphylococcus epidermidis, which can lead to serious disease or death, and refers to methicillin-resistant Staphilococcus aureus (MRSA). ).
Out of a total of 670,000 multidrug-resistant infections, estimated in 2015, nearly two-thirds were contracted to the hospital, observers point out "the urgency of taking antibiotic resistance as Vital Health Data for Patients and the need to design alternative treatments for patients who have other illnesses and are susceptible to reduced immune defenses or age. "
According to the study, Italy and Greece make up one-fifth of the infections.
During the observed period, more than 10,000 people died in Italy from infections, including Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus, a high figure, even taking into account aging of the population.