About 33,000 people in the EU region die each year of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, reveals a new study by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
According to the study, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, said that infants and the elderly were most at risk, and the death toll has been increasing from around 25,000 in 2007.
Around three-quarters of infections were contracted in hospitals and health clinics.
The study pointed out that the burden of multi-drug resistant pathogens is nearly equivalent to that by HIV, flu and tuberculosis combined.
When the study analysed the five types of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the European Union and the European Economic Area, using data from 2015, Greece and Italy were found to be the hardest hit.
The infection rates were lower in northern European countries.
The World Health Organisation has called antibiotic resistance as the “biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.”