'Superbugs' Could Kill 10 Million People A Year By 2050
There could be $100 trillion in lost economic output if nothing is done to stay ahead of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.By Ryan Biek | May 19, 2016
A new review says antibiotic-resistant infections –– aka "superbugs" –– could kill 10 million people each year and cost the world $100 trillion in lost economic output by 2050.
The paper summarizes more than a year and a half of expert analysis on the subject. And at current rates, it's estimated more than 700,000 people are dying each year because of superbugs.
While their figures sound dramatic, the researchers say they might actually be too small.