According to new research by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), an estimated 2.4 million people are potentially at risk of being fatal victims of super bugs within three decades.
This includes 90,000 people in Britain, and 1.3 million people in Europe.
The infections, the research found, are treatable and can be largely avoided if effective steps are taken to deal with drug-resistant microbes.
According to the research, here are some of the ways the risks can be minimised (and even prevented in many cases):
- Being more vigilant about hygiene measures such as cleaning your hands.
- Doctors being more careful, and conservative, about prescribing antibiotics.
- Enhanced rapid testing to make sure that patients are only prescribed appropriate medication.
So it’s not all doom and gloom, but it is important to do what you can to ensure your personal safety, especially when visiting places like hospitals.
Forewarned is forearmed.
Source: The Guardian
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