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Superbugs could trigger our next global financial crisis

Infectious diseases professor Steven Djordjevic, from the University of Technology Sydney, said the proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria, known as superbugs, was a grave threat to Australia's economy and way of life. "The cost of uncontrolled infections caused by superbugs will be astronomical if we don't act now," Prof. Djordjevic said. "By 2050, Australia's annual GDP will take a five to ten percent hit because of drug-resistant bugs. "Already, our hospitals spend more than $11 million a year treating just two of the World Health Organisation's most threatening drug-resistant infections. "Without effective antibiotics, thousands more people will die from simple infections and people will be sicker for longer, slashing the size of the workforce and productivity."  Read more....

 

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