Superbugs to 'kill millions' by 2050 unless countries act

Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in Europe in 2015, according to new research published separately this week. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • As humans consume ever more antibiotics -- either through prescriptions or agriculture and livestock products given medicines to stave off infection -- strains of bacteria are developing that resist the effects of drugs designed to kill them.
  • In low and middle-income countries, resistance is already high: in Indonesia Brazil and Russia up to 60 percent of bacterial infections are already resistant to at least one antibiotic.

Millions of people in Europe, North America and Australia will die from superbug infections unless countries prioritise fighting the growing threat posed by bacteria immune to most known drugs, experts predicted Wednesday.

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