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Superbugs killed 33,000 Europeans in 2015: study

PARIS: Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, according to new research published this week warning that superbugs were "threatening modern healthcare." In a study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, an EU-wide team of doctors examined data on more than a dozen combinations of antibiotic resistant bacteria across the continent, and developed a model for infection and death rates of five types of bug. They found that more than 670,000 people fell ill in…

US woman dies of infection resistant to all 26 available antibiotics

MIAMI: A US woman has died from an infection that was resistant to all 26 available antibiotics, health officials said this week, raising new concerns about the rise of dangerous superbugs. The woman, who was in her 70s, died in Nevada in September, and had recently been hospitalized in India with fractured leg bones, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The cause of death was sepsis, following infection from a rare bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which is…

UN sets its sights on drug-resistant superbugs

The meeting will bring together heads of government and senior health officials on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly -- a forum for global crises where such health issues rarely figure on the agenda. Under a draft document, the governments will look to commit themselves to bolster controls over antibiotics, to step up awareness over the problem and to encourage research in alternative treatments. The World Health Organization hopes that the meeting will attract and public money globally to curb the…