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Less Than A Penny A Day Keeps the Superbugs At Bay, Says OECD Report

Just a couple of dollars a year per person could prevent three quarters of the projected deaths due to so-called superbugs—bacteria that have evolved to resist antibiotics, predicts the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

A new report from the OECD today estimates that antimicrobial resistant infection is on track to kill 30,000 Americans per year by 2050, almost as many as die in motor vehicle accidents. The financial cost to the 33 developed countries included in the study could also be as high as $3.5 billion a year.

Earlier this year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of 221 strains of “nightmare bacteria” it had detected. Bacteria with lucky (for them) mutations can survive treatment by antibiotics, leaving behind a generation of drug-resistant bacteria to wreak further havoc on humans.