Sumary of Antibiotic-resistant infections have fallen for the first time since 2016:
- © iStock/SolStock New data by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections fell in 2020 from 65,583 in 2019 to 55,384. However, it remains at a higher level than six years ago.
- Antibiotics are essential for treating bacterial infections such as pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.
- The decline seen in 2020 could be possibly driven by a reduction in recorded bloodstream infections due to less social mixing, enhanced hand hygiene and changes to healthcare access and delivery.
- The rise of overusing antibiotics Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria no longer respond to treatment which causes serious complications such as bloodstream infections and hospitalisation.
- The sudden emergence of “superbugs” means that strains of bacteria have developed a resistance to many types of antibiotics including, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Clostridium difficile (C.
- As a result, these infections are challenging to treat with disability and death becoming more prevalent.
- Antibiotics were previously prescribed sometimes to treat infections in the ears and chests of children and for sore throats;
- however, it is now clear that antibiotics are not effective, are unlikely to speed up the healing process, and cause unwanted side effects.