Superbugs could kill up to 90,000 in three decades

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Better hygiene in hospitals could significantly delay the point at which microbes become resistant to treatments Better hygiene in hospitals could significantly delay the point at which microbes become resistant to treatmentsCHRIS ISON/PA

An estimated 90,000 Britons will die by 2050 from infections that are treatable unless effective action is taken to deal with drug-resistant microbes, researchers say.

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also said that over the next 30 years superbugs could kill 1.1 million people in North America and Australia and 1.3 million in Europe. However, the authors of the report added that simply by implementing sensible policies on handwashing and by cutting down on the overprescription of antibiotics the figure could be reduced by a million, even without the development of new drugs.

There is increasing concern about the problem of drug-resistant infections. It has been decades since a new class of antibiotics was brought on to the market, and…

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