More than 30,000 deaths of children are recorded every year in Europe due to antibiotic-resistant germs according to the EARS-Net European network for microbial resistance.
The survey was based on data gathered in 2015, according to which 2,300 people died in Germany from infections for which there were no adequate antibiotics to deal with. The number of cases has increased across Europe since 2007, but there are significant differences between individual European countries.
The Alessandro Kassini team from the ECDC Health Authority in Söln, Sweden, evaluated the data from 30 European countries. It focused on eight different microbes, which show strong resistance to antibiotics. In 2015, nearly 672,000 people were infected by eight of them, the antibiotics did not work, with 33,110 people dying.
Three quarters of infections were recorded in hospitals and other health care settings, according to researchers. In 39% of cases, there were no alternatives to antibiotics.
Beware of taking antibiotics
According to the researchers, the situation in the Scandinavian countries is better, while most problems are faced by the countries of the South with Greece and Italy stand out. Germany is in the last third of the rankings in terms of infections and deaths.
Experts, according to a deutsche welle report, pay special attention to taking antibiotics, and they think their prescribing should be done with great care, and patients should only receive it where and when it is really needed. Many patients are unaware of the differences between viral infections and germs, so they have the wrong impression that antibiotics can cope with both conditions. All ages may be affected by infections, but usually young children and those over the age of 65 are affected.
Finally, according to experts, it is important to inform and raise awareness of the issue. It should be made clear that antibiotics should only be given if strictly necessary and strictly hygienic in hospitals. The Commission drew up an ambitious plan in June 2017 to launch more effective action to tackle microbes.
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