There is a new deadly threat that can become more dangerous than cancer if it remains unchecked. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, called as superbugs, are causing some serious issues.
According to a new report comissioned by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the so-called superbugs, if left unchecked, could result in 10 million deaths each year by 2050 — more than the number of people killed by cancer — and put a $100 trillion dent in the global economy.
The analysis comes jointly from RAND Europe and KPMG and projects 2-3.4% drop in global economic output.Superbugs already cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States alone each year.
Bacteria and other pathogens have always evolved so that they can resist the new drugs that medicine has used to combat them. [pull_quote_right author=””]Earlier this year, the World Health Organization labeled it a global epidemic[/pull_quote_right]Resistance has increasingly become a problem in recent years because the pace at which we are discovering novel antibiotics has slowed drastically, while antibiotic use is rising.
And it is not just a problem confined to bacteria, but all microbes that have the potential to mutate and render our drugs ineffective. The great strides forward made over the past few decades to manage malaria and HIV could be reversed, with these diseases once again spiralling out of control.
The report also lists the bacteria that are already becoming immune to the drugs:
The report also highlights the secondary effects of superbugs as a return to the Dark Age of Medicine. The report also suggests strong measures to be held in place in order to save the world from this deadly threat. Quoting from the report:
Many issues relating to AMR are complex and inter-related. Coordinated action among many different countries is by nature more difficult to agree than individual initiatives, yet it is necessary: drug-resistant bacteria know no borders. We need coherent international action that spans drug regulation and antimicrobial drugs use across humans, animals and the environment – all matters that this Review will consider carefully. This is a looming global crisis, yet one which the world can avert if we take action soon.
Read the Entire Report: AMR REVIEW