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Antibiotic Resistance in the UK

Focusing on AMR on the UK

New data reveals about 3,500 worldwide people are killed everyday Jan 2022.

The UK’s special envoy on antimicrobial resistance, Dame Sally Davies, said AMR was “one of the greatest challenges facing humanity”. She added: “Behind these new numbers are families and communities who are tragically bearing the brunt of the silent AMR pandemic. We must use this data as a warning signal to spur on action at every level.”
🔗 Source: Antimicrobial resistance now a leading cause of death worldwide, study finds Jan 2022
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How serious is the problem of AMR in the UK

The antimicrobial resistance (AMR) report, published at the start of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW), 18 to 24 November, shows there were an estimated 65,162 AMR infections diagnosed in 2019, up from 61,946 in 2018.
🔗 Source: New antibiotic-resistant infections rise to 178 per day in England 18th Nov 2020

An International Comparison

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A leading UK tabloid understands how serious the problem is.

“NHS data in 2020 shows that more than 135 cases of antibiotic resistant infections were being detected in hospitals every day a rise of about 30 per cent over five years. Government figures also suggest superbugs are responsible for about 5,000 deaths annually yet experts say this is undoubtedly lower than the actual number. According to the UK Health Security Agency, the number of cases of MRSA one of the most common superbugs in NHS hospitals rose by 35 per cent in 2021 the largest annual increase ever recorded. And at least 12 000 of the 45 000 patients who die each year from sepsis in the UK are believed be suffering drug resistant forms, according to intensive care specialist Dr Ron Daniels, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust We are already seeing sepsis deaths rise, and this is in part because of antibiotic resistant infections,' he says 'It's likely, at this pace, we could begin seeing 100 000 sepsis deaths a year within a decade.’ Drug resistant sexually transmitted diseases are also becoming ever more prevalent. Super gonorrhoea caused by strains of bacteria that can't be treated with usual antibiotics was once seen only in Western Pacific and African regions But in recent years it has been detected in the UK, Europe, America and Australia Last month the UK Health Security Agency recorded a single case in a heterosexual man in his 20 s who was thought to have picked it up in London He was said to have been isolated, so he didn't pass it on, and was successfully treated, but the story highlights the steady march of these difficult to treat illnesses And last week, health officials also raised the alarm over a worrying increase in 'extremely antibiotic resistant' shigella, a bacterial infection that causes diarrhoea, fever and cramps, and can lead to hospitalisation It can be caught by eating contaminated food, or sexually transmitted Since September, 47 cases have been identified in England, mainly in gay or bisexual men, which is a significant rise on the 16 cases in the year before”
🔗 Source: Experts-warn-antibiotic-resistant-infections-cause-50-000-deaths-year-Britain.

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