The latest edition of an annual report petitioned by the British government suggests that by 2050, superbugs will kill someone worldwide every three seconds if policy makers and advocacy groups don’t take action, the BBC reported, FOX NEWS says.
Superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, have become a growing problem that too few people may be aware of, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO survey results released in November 2015 suggested that 64 percent of those asked wrongly believed that penicillin-based drugs and other antibiotics can treat cold and flu, despite the fact such medicines don’t impact viruses. Plus, around a third of people thought they should stop taking antibiotics when they feel better—instead of taking the full round of their prescribed treatment.
The BBC reported that the report recommends multiple steps to combat the problem, including better surveillance of the spread of drug resistance, paying companies $1 billion for every new antibiotic discovered, establishing a $2 billion Global Innovation Fund for early-stage research, a gigantic global awareness campaign to educate people about the risks of antibiotic resistance, and promotion of the use of vaccines instead of antibiotics.
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