Bacterial resistance to commonly used antibiotics is increasing. But what causes antibiotic resistance, how does antibiotic resistance spread and what are the consequences? View this infographic for more information.Every year in the United States, at least 2 million people acquire serious infections with multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens, and 23,000 of those individuals die as a result.
Antimicrobial resistance used to be mostly confined to healthcare settings rather than affecting the general community, but over the last 10 years, more drug-resistant infections have arisen within community settings.
By 2050, the Wellcome Trust predicts that resistant infections will be the number one cause of death globally, with an estimated 10 million attributable deaths per year. Considering the limited number of new antimicrobial agents in the pharmaceutical pipeline, we could be faced with challenges that far exceed the current major global illnesses such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
infographic by: www.wur.nl