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Antimicrobial resistance is the next pandemic: over 1.2 million died with drug-resistant infections

Its time for strategies that preserve existing antibiotics and develop new drugs


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Superbugs caused 4.95 million deaths, with 1.27 million deaths attributable to bacterial AMR, the third-largest cause of death in 2019.

Number of deaths from antibiotic resistance had exceeded the number of fatalities caused by HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Some estimates said antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could kill 10 million people per year by 2050.

Highest death rates were noted in Western sub-Saharan Africa and some lower-middle-income countries (LMICs).

The researchers, including Christopher Murray, estimated the disease burden for 23 pathogens and 88 pathogen–drug combinations.

Leading pathogens - Escherichia coli, followed by Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Expanding the analysis to more pathogen–drug combinations – would increase the disease burden from AMR.

Combatting the AMR scourge requires both global action and nationally tailored responses.

Study published in The Lancet journal.

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Christopher Murray

Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

The Lancet

Medical journal covering general medicine

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Antibiotic Resistance