The World Health Organization said that more than 35,000 people die each year as a result of infections that do not respond to antibiotics.
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The World Health Organization said that more than 35,000 people die each year as a result of infections that do not respond to antibiotics.

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World Health Organization said that more than 35,000 people die each year as a result of infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. Meanwhile, only two-thirds of people in many European countries take prescription antibiotics. And a third uses leftovers (which is strictly prohibited) or buys antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. Previously, experts believed that there were no more than 10 percent of such negligent people, but not 30 …

– When antibiotics are used too much, for too long or when they are not needed (for example, with viral diseases – approx. Ed.), Bacteria can become resistant to them, – explains the doctor Danilo Lo Fo Wong, WHO Regional Adviser on Antimicrobial Resistance Management. – In the future, we may expect outbreaks of urinary tract infections, which may again become incurable. And surgery or chemotherapy is completely too dangerous to perform.

The survey data, which was conducted in 14 European countries, including Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (but not Russia), also did not please: 60% of people do not know that antibiotics are not needed for viral infections. At the same time, they are sure that they are effective against any cold.

“Antibiotics will not help you during SARS, but using them can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance and become a problem for you and for someone else,” warns Danilo Lo Fo Wong.

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