Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Without realizing it, in 2019 there were a number of types of germs that were resistant to antibiotics that had killed 1.2 million people on earth. These super germs are one of several types of deadly diseases that have ever existed in the world.
Based on a research article published in The Lancet, the deadly germ in question is in the Antimicrobal Resistance (AMR) category. Data on the number of deaths from AMR were obtained by a research team from 204 countries based on literature reviews, hospital reports, and other reliable sources.
“Based on our statistical model, it is estimated that there were 4.95 million cases of death associated with AMR bacteria in 2019, including 1.27 million of which were caused directly by this germ,” the Lancet report said. .
The study showed that the highest average death rate from these powerful germs occurred on the African continent. The average death rate from AMR in West Sub-Saharan Africa is 27 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the lowest AMR mortality rate is in the Australasia region, which is 6.5 per 100,000.
Citing the Los Angeles Times, several years ago WHO had predicted that the number of deaths due to the presence of super germs in the world reached 700 thousand per year. Antibiotic-resistant germs arise when certain bacteria or fungi gain the power to resist the drugs designed to kill them.
The results of this study related to AMR prove that resistant germs pose a real threat to humans. In fact, the death rate from these resistant germs is already higher than what is caused by HIV and malaria.
“We previously estimated that there would be 10 million deaths per year due to resistance to germs by 2050. But we now believe that these predictions appear to be coming sooner than originally estimated,” said study co-author Christopher Murray and the University of Washington.