Drug-Resistant Bugs Could Lead To 10M Deaths By 2050
The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance says overprescription is factoring into some bugs being resistant to drugs.By Matt Moreno | December 11, 2014
Infectious bugs are getting stronger and more resistant to drugs. Because of that, a British government-commissioned review released Thursday says these "superbugs" could lead to more than 10 million deaths and a $100 trillion global economic impact by 2050.
The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance states about 700,000 people die from antimicrobial resistant bugs each year right now, but that could grow to 10 million — more than the number of people who die from cancer — if action isn't taken.
The study started in July and was lead by Jim O'Neill, a former Goldman Sachs chief economist. O'Neill was selected by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.