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In 2050, superbugs may kill 1 person every 3 seconds, report warns

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Jorge Medina
May 19, 2016 19:36
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CDC staff show two plates growing bacteria in the presence of discs containing various antibiotics.

The isolate on the left plate is susceptible to the antibiotics on the discs and is therefore unable to grow around the discs.

In an ominous description, the report suggests that by 2050, antimicrobial-resistant infections could sop up $100 trillion from the global economy while killing off 10 million people per year—about a death every three seconds.

The report only accounts for a handful of types of antimicrobial infections, and it is limited by poor infection records.

Still, the projections were just a first step in the much larger comprehensive report on the state of antimicrobial resistance and its threat to human health and the global economy.

The steps focus on curbing current use of antibiotics and antimicrobials, incentivizing the development of new drugs, and informing the public via coordinated global campaigns.

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