Drug-resistant diseases cause at least 700,000 deaths globally a year, including 230,000 deaths from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, according to the report, which was published Monday. In the absence of concerted global action, the authors estimate that up to 10 million people may die annually by 2030 as a result of drug-resistant diseases.
Date: April 29, 2019
Author: Susan Scutti
Excerpt: “Two million Americans develop antibiotic resistance infections each year, and 23,000 die from those infections, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new report emphasizes that misuse and overuse of existing antimicrobial agents in humans as well as animals and plants accelerate the development and spread of resistance. Factors contributing to the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens include inadequate access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene; poor infection and disease prevention; lack of equitable access to affordable antimicrobials, vaccines and diagnostics; and weak health, food and feed production, food safety and waste management systems.”