Antibacterial Resistance

Antibacterial Resistance Graphic

Key Facts

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.

Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.

A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonellosis – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.

Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.

In the US alone, there are approximately over 2 million antibiotic-resistant infections each year leading to over 20,000 deaths. Outside of the US, over 700,000 deaths are attributed to resistant bacteria.

Source: World Health Organization and CDC

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