International Travelers At Risk Of Spreading Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria, Study Shows
The Telegraph: Tourists are spreading superbugs across international borders, report warns
“Holiday-makers are at risk of picking up and bringing home superbugs, according to a study looking at the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide. Drug-resistant infections are already responsible for some 700,000 deaths globally each year, but it is estimated that this figure could rise to 10 million annually by 2050 if left unchecked. The report, published by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), found that tourists are contributing to the spread of AMR across international borders — with as many as 88 percent of unwell tourists returning to the U.K. from India infected with drug-resistant bacteria…” (Wallen, 5/30).