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Antibiotic resistant bacteria cause nearly one in five infections in wealthy countries, report warns

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 08 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4762
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Resistance to second and third line antibiotics is set to increase by 70% by 2030 if effective public health measures are not implemented, a report has warned.1

Nearly a fifth of infections occurring in Europe, North America, and Australia are due to antibiotic resistant bacteria, said the report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Researchers analysed available data on antibiotic resistance, including figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, to model future patterns of resistance and identify “best buy” public …

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