A new research report states that 10 million people will die annually as a result of antibiotic resistant bacteria in 2050.
The annual report, entitled ‘Review on Antimicrobial Resistance’, suggests investing billions of dollars to prevent medical science ‘being sent back to the dark ages,’ writes the BBC.
Researchers are requesting a revolution in the way antibiotics are used along with a massive campaign to educate people.
“We are coming with some pretty challenging proposals that will involve everyone getting out of their comfort zones, because if we do not, then we cannot solve this problem,” says Lord Jim O’Neill, who led the research.
Antibiotic resistance has in recent years gained a reputation as one of the greatest health challenges of our time. In Europe an estimated 25,000 people die annually as a result of infections that cannot be stopped by antibiotics.
If this trend continues as researchers fear, 390,000 people will die each year in Europe in 2050. Africa and Asia will be affected the worst, where 4.15 million and 4.73 million people respectively may die annually as a result of bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today