Bangkok / Oxford - According to estimates, around 700,000 people die each year worldwide from infections for which antibiotics are no longer effective. The number can rise to ten million people year if researchers fail to get grip on the growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to one of the Mahidol Oxford Research Center (MORU) in Bangkok and the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) ) in Oxford.
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The scientists also calculated that the increasing resistance is already an immense financial burden for society . They have downgraded the costs of antibiotic resistance - such as higher death rates, loss of income and additional expense for diagnoses - to single antibiotic treatment for comparison.
In Thailand, multi-day treatment with the broad-spectrum antibiotic amoxicillin costs less than two dollars , however, the cost of resistance was more than five times as high. In the US, treatment with the same drug costs less than ten dollars, and the cost of resistance is 18.60 dollars. Extrapolated to an entire country, this adds up to millions.