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Around 33,000 Europeans Die Every Year From Superbugs

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Around 33,000 Europeans Die Every Year From Superbugs
A new study found that the number of antibiotic-resistant infections in Europe has gone up from 2007 to 2015.
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Around 33,000 people in Europe die each year from antibiotic resistant superbugs, according to a new study

Researchers say that's about the same impact as flu, HIV and tuberculosis combined. 

A new analysis looked at five types of infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria in European countries. They found that the number of those cases has gone up from 2007 to 2015. 

The data shows that the superbug infections affected people of all ages, with infants and the elderly being the most vulnerable populations. 

In addition, a third of the superbug deaths happened in Italy, and about 75 percent of the infections were connected to hospital or other health care settings. 

Experts say the evolution of superbugs is "worrying," and the CDC calls it one of the biggest threats facing the medical industry. 

The study's authors recommend implementing global strategies to prevent and control antibiotic-resistant infections. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.