Antimicrobial resistance now a leading cause of death
January 20, 2022 - More than 1m people around the world die each year from infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics, making antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a leading cause of death.
A new study published in the Lancet medical journal calculates that 1.27m deaths in 2019 were the direct result of drug resistant bacterial infections and 4.95m deaths were associated with them.
In the same year, Aids (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is thought to have caused 860,000 deaths and malaria 640,000.
The new Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance report is based on an analysis of 204 countries by a team of international researchers, led by the University of Washington, U.S.
Most of the deaths from AMR were caused by lower respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, and bloodstream infections, which can lead to sepsis.
Regionally, deaths caused directly by AMR were estimated to be highest in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, at 24 deaths per 100,000 population.