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England battles antibiotic resistance with a call for responsible use

15-Nov-2023

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Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise in England, with a 4% increase from 2021 to 2022.

The number of deaths from these infections also increased from 2,110 to 2,202 in the same period.

The rise in antibiotic-resistant infections is linked to an increase in prescriptions, which have gone up 8.4% since 2022.

Experts are urging people to "treat antibiotics with respect" and only use them when absolutely necessary.

Antibiotic-resistant infections are more common in older adults, babies, people from lower socioeconomic groups, and Asian or British Asian people.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported a concerning increase, with a 20% chance of death within 30 days for such infections.

Infections increased in 2022 with a 20% chance of death within 30 days

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England battles antibiotic resistance with a call for responsible use