Drug-resistant infections to kill 1,328% more people annually by 2050, UN warns

Mackenzie Bean - Print  | 

Drug-resistant infections will kill 10 million people annually by 2050 if the world does not take more action to address antibiotic resistance now, the United Nations said in a report released April 29. 

Three things to know:

1. The U.N.'s Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance compiled the report, which aims to create a sense of urgency in the fight against drug resistance.

2. The group's projection marks a 1,328 percent increase from the 700,000 people who die globally every year from drug-resistant infections. 

3. The report outlines key recommendations to combat antibiotic-resistant infections, which include creating more incentives for drugmakers to develop new antibiotics and limiting unnecessary antibiotic use.

To view the full report, click here.

Editor's note: This article was updated May 2 and 8:40 a.m.

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