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Europe loses the battle with ultra-resistant bacteria

Antibiotic resistant infections have reached unprecedented levels, and current medications are no longer efficient, experts warn Europeans, according to BBC.

Each year 25,000 people die in the EU because of bacterial infections (superbug) that succeed to withstand the latest antibiotics. World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that it reached a critical level, and the solution is a joint effort to produce new medicinal products. The alternative is, in the words of WHO, a nightmare scenario if untreatable infections are spreading worldwide.

Antibiotics are a precious discovery, but we disregard them, we used them incorrectly or excessive, and now we are dealing with organisms that no longer respond to medicinal products,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. The appeal is for an overall approach, without which no country can protect themself the individually.

An example is NDM1 or New Delhi bacteria, which was found in patients from Great Britain who traveled to India and Pakistan for certain operations. There have been already recorded 70 cases with conventional treatments that don’t work. Researchers at Cardiff University state that the bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics, has contaminated the drinking water from Delhi, which makes millions of people to be potential carriers. In India the major risk of disease transmission is given by the fact that 650 million people use the toilets without water, and many of them have no access to clean water, writes The Lancet publication about the new ultra-resistant superbug.

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