Antimicrobial resistance is now a leading cause of death worldwide — higher than HIV or malaria — a global report says.
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These deaths occurred due to common, previously treatable infections — including lower respiratory infections like pneumonia and bloodstream infections — because the bacteria that cause them have become resistant to treatment. 👉 cutt.ly/3IApvTc
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“These new data reveal the true scale of antimicrobial resistance worldwide, and are a clear signal that we must act now to combat the threat,” said Chris Murray, the study’s co-author and a professor at the University of Washington in the US. 👉 cutt.ly/3IApvTc
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Poorer countries are being hit the hardest due to loosely regulated markets. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 deaths per 100,000 were caused directly by antimicrobial resistance and 99 deaths per 100,000 were associated with it.

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In high income countries, antimicrobial resistance led directly to 13 deaths per 100,000 and 56 deaths per 100,000 were associated with it.
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While antimicrobial resistance poses a threat to people of all ages, young children were found to be at particularly high risk, with around one in five deaths attributable to antimicrobial resistance occurring in children aged under five years. euronews.com/next/2022/01/20…
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What causes antimicrobial resistance? Antibiotics kill some germs that can cause infection, as well as helpful germs that protect our body from infection. The antibiotic-resistant germs survive and multiply, with resistance traits in their DNA that can spread to other germs.
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The European Medicines Authority (EMA) has described antibiotic resistance as a “silent pandemic”. In an awareness campaign last year, they urged doctors to only prescribe antibiotics when truly necessary. euronews.com/next/2021/11/18…
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The researchers in the Lancet study outlined immediate actions for policymakers. These include: 💊 Optimising the use of existing antibiotics 💊 Taking greater action to monitor and control infections 💊 Providing more funding to develop new antibiotics and treatments
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