According to the authors of the study, at this stage it can be compared with the cumulative effect of influenza, tuberculosis and AIDS.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria were responsible for the deaths of 33,000 in the European Union in 2015, according to European researchers published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Tuesday.
The researchers developed a computational model for five types of infections based on the European EARS epidemiological surveillance system (European Antimicrobial Response Control Network).
In 2015, they counted the number of infected people in 671,689 and the number of bacteria-related deaths versus 33,110.
According to the authors, at this stage "can be compared with the cumulative effect of influenza, tuberculosis and AIDS virus".
The majority of deaths affect children aged 12 to 65 years. According to the study, Italy and Greece have high mortality rates (more than one third of deaths).
The medical sector always warns against the risk of excessive or inappropriate use of antibiotics that are bacterial-resistant.
In September, the Australian team particularly emphasized the danger of bacteria resistant to all available drugs, Staphylococcus epidermidis, which could lead to serious illness and even death, and associated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
In 2015, more than a quarter of 671,689 infections resulted in a large number of drug resistant bacteria.
Researchers point out the relevance of considering antibiotic resistance as a lifelong factor and the need for alternative treatment, which is much more vulnerable to other immune defenses or their age-related decline. .