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Antimicrobial Resistance Poses Threat To Health, Economies Worldwide, OECD Report Says

CNBC: Superbugs pose a dangerous, $65 billion threat to the U.S. health care system
“Antimicrobial resistance is a large and growing problem, with the potential for enormous health and economic consequences for the United States and the rest of the world. According to a new OECD report, released Wednesday, superbug infections could cost the lives of about 2.4 million people in North America, Europe, and Australia over the next 30 years unless more is done to stem antibiotic resistance…” (Koukakis, 11/7).

The Guardian: Antibiotic resistant superbugs ‘will kill 90,000 Britons by 2050’
“…Simple hygiene measures such as hand washing and more conservative prescribing of antibiotics could prevent some of the deaths, the authors said. The report said enhanced rapid testing to ensure patients are given appropriate drugs could also help overcome the looming crisis…” (Devlin, 11/7).

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