What are the consequences?
The United Nations are predicting that in 2050 there will be 10 million deaths due to AMR if nothing else is done.2 This is alarming, and we need to act now.
Antimicrobial resistance causes a strain on health systems. Many studies have demonstrated the financial consequences of AMR, including extremely high healthcare costs due to an increase in hospital admissions, longer hospital stays, more intensive care units and isolation beds, and expensive, intensive therapy. Healthcare professionals are also forced to to use less conventional antibiotics or a combination of different antibiotics to treat these infections, which are usually more expensive and which could also have serious side effects.2
According to the FAO, if the issue of AMR is not addressed urgently, tens of millions of people will be forced into extreme poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
Antibiotics are also used to treat our beloved pets and animals. Antibiotic-resistance infections are likely to occur in companion animals, which can not only make our pets very unwell and difficult to treat, but can also spread through veterinary clinics and to humans.
Companion animals can carry MRSA, E.Coli, Salmonella, and other drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria.3