Superbugs will 'kill every three seconds' by 2050: Report
May 19, London: Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now says a report of the global rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It has called for dramatic changes to the way antibiotics are used both by humans and animals.
The result of a two-year investigation by former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill, warns that without action superbugs could cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050 and cost governments $100 trillion a year.
The report also calls for a revolution in the way antibiotics are used and a massive campaign to educate people. It has received a mixed response with some concerned that it does not go far enough.
The prolific use of antibiotics use in farming, especially in developing countries, is known to drive the development of resistance in bacteria, a problem that then translates to human health.
O'Neill said, "The animal problem is massive." In some parts of the world it is clearly a bigger problem than in humans, especially in the United States, probably also in China and India.
The problem is that we are simply not developing enough new antibiotics and we are wasting the ones we have.
Since the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance started in mid-2014, more than one million people have died from such infections.
The research found that drug resistant E. coli, malaria and tuberculosis (TB) would have the biggest impact.
The Oslo Times