A new study confirms that multiresistant bacteria They are already a serious public health problem. Only in Spain do they cause more than 23,000 deaths a year, 20 times more than traffic accidents. If the trend is not reversed, by 2050 it could become the leading cause of death in the world.
No abusing antibiotics. Bacteria can get used to them and mutate into superbacteria. In addition, they can be infected: “You can transmit it to your family and your children,” explains José Miguel Cisneros, head of Iffciones at the Virgen del Rocío Hospital. A misuse that experts warn is already a reality.
“We have been calling for research into new antibiotics for years now,” laments Luis Membrillo, from the Society of Infections and Microbiology (SEIMC). Research that would help reduce the 23,000 annual deaths that occur each year due to multidrug-resistant ‘superbug’ infections.
“If we do not act, they will continue to increase and in the year 2050 they will become the first cause of deathahead of cancer,” warns José Miguel Cisneros, head of Infections at the Virgen del Rocío Hospital.
In our country there are 150,000 episodes of multidrug resistance. And it’s not just about controlling the consumption of antibiotics, they tell us, but also specialists in what could be the most deadly disease in a few years.