Scroll Top

New report attributes 1.27 million deaths to Bacterial Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in 2019

The respected Lancet journal has published a study concluding that 1.27 million deaths were directly attributable to AMR in 2019 – with a total of 4.05 million associated deaths. The research was conducted by a team led by Prof. Christopher J.L. Murray of the University of Washington; along with a very large team of collaborators. The report is particularly significant as it is extremely extensive, with data collected from 204 countries, covering 471 million individual records or isolates and 7585 study-location-years.

That the problem is growing is not in any doubt. The WHO recently warned that AMR has become one of the single causes of deaths globally and is one of the greatest threats to mankind.

It is not all bad news though, because whilst a growing number of pathogens are increasingly resistant to antibiotics, the report also cited research conducted by the American Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) which showed that deaths due to AMR in the US had dropped 18% since a report produced in 2013. It is said this is mostly due to improved procedures in hospitals in the US. This underlines the fact that a broad approach is needed. Along with innovation, combining the best methods of infection control with the quest for new and effective antibiotics. And it is needed urgently to prevent the extreme threat.

The full article containing the research can be found on the Lancet website here