World Antimicrobial Stewardship Week: Sint Maarten population invited to participate in digital survey


A new study, the most comprehensive to date, confirms the threat of resistant bacteria in the world. They directly led to the death of 1,27 million people in 2019 and 4,9 million people died from causes associated with antibiotic resistance.

The threat of a pandemic of bacteria resistant to antibiotics has been invoked by specialists for years. A study by Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance, a flagship research project led by the universities of Oxford and Washington, but involving more than 3 researchers, specifies the danger.

In 2019, 4,9 million people died from causes associated with antibiotic resistance. 1,27 million people are thought to have died directly from infections, according to data from 203 countries.

The deadliest diseases are respiratory infections (1,5 million associated deaths), and six bacteria have particularly worrying strains. Among them, the very common Escherichia coli, followed by Staphyloccocus aureus (staphylococcus aureus) and Klebsellia pneumoniae. If the latter is not very lethal in high-income countries, it is the one that causes the most deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

The cause: the massive use of antibiotics

Worldwide, strains of staphylococci resistant to methicillin, the antibiotic specifically used against this type of bacteria, alone have caused more than 100 deaths. The other most fatal bacteria are multi-resistant. Did you say worrying?  _AF


The link of the survey for the population:

The Health Care Provider Survey:

The anonymous and confidential survey will provide insight into public knowledge and perception of antimicrobial resistance.

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