According to a recent UN report, cleaning up environmental pollution, particularly in waterways, is crucial in preventing the spread of superbugs that have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. These superbugs have the potential to cause the deaths of tens of millions by the mid-century.
According to the World Health Organization, superbugs, or bacteria resistant to antibiotics, pose a significant threat to global health and were estimated to have caused 1.27 million deaths in 2019. The organization also states that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major concern in the near future.
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The United Nations warns that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could result in up to 10 million deaths annually by 2050.
Antiseptics, disinfectants, and antibiotics that can contribute to the growth of stronger microbes can be found in various everyday items such as toothpaste, shampoo, cow’s milk, and even wastewater.
According to a recent report, pollution plays a major role in the emergence, transmission, and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report calls for immediate action to address environmental pollution.
The report from the UN Environment Programme states that the risks of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are rising due to the combination of rising pollution levels, poor management of pollution sources, and AMR in healthcare facilities, as well as in agriculture.
Antimicrobial resistance is a naturally occurring phenomenon, but the excessive and improper use of antibiotics in humans, animals, and agriculture has exacerbated the issue.