In its analysis ECDC found that the effects of diseases that cause resistant bacteria have deteriorated since 2007. Particularly alarming are in particular cases where the infection is resistant to the strongest antibiotics, such as carbapenems, known as 'last resort' antibiotics.
"This … it's disturbing because these antibiotics are the last treatment options," said ECDC in a statement. "If these drugs are no longer effective, it will be extremely difficult or in many cases impossible to cure," added Center.
Health workers estimate that about 70 percent of the bacteria that can cause infections are resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat these infections. The development of bacteria resistant to one or more drugs is one of the greatest threats currently faced by medicine.
In its report, ECDC focused on five types of infections causing resistant bacteria in the EU and the European Economic Area. According to his results, 75 percent of people are infected with these bacterial infections in hospitals or clinics.