The future is dark, at least when it comes to the rise of drug-resistant superbugs, according to next week’s cover story in The Economist.
This week, a UK study estimated that 700,000 people die annually from infections by drug-resistant pathogens and parasites. By 2050, such deaths will rise to 10 million, trimming 2-3.5% from the global GDP. In the future, elective surgeries and even C-sections may have unacceptable risks because of the possibility of drug-resistant infection.
Trends in the US confirm reasons for concern. Sepsis cases rose from 621,000 to 1.1 million from 2000 to 2008, with deaths rising from 154,000 to 207,000. One reason: MRSA.
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