33.000 people die each year due to infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria
15 November 2018
A new study calculated that 33,000 people die each year in Europe as a result of infection with a bacterium that is resistant to antibiotics. This conclusion was drawn by an international group of investigators on the basis of research commissioned by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
This ECDC study has examined the effects of five types of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria for public health care in the European Union and in the European Economic Area (EU/EEA). The resulting burden of disease was measured in the number of cases, the attributable deaths and for adjusted life years (DALYs). These estimates are based on data from the 2015 European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net).
Increased burden of disease
Co-author Mirjam Kretzschmar, professor of Dynamics of Infectious Diseases at UMC Utrecht and Chief Science Officer of...