On May 21, the World Health Organization published an article calling for nations to deal with global antibiotic resistance. The article quoted UK’s Sir Jim O’Neill, who recently published a related article on antibiotic resistance. O’Neill stated that by 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause 100 million deaths a year. If left unchecked, antibiotic resistance will lead to total economic losses of $100 trillion.
The article stated that if effective measures are not taken in China for antibiotic resistance it will cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050 and cost China $20 trillion.
48% of antibiotics in China are used on people. The rest are generally used in agricultural and animal husbandry. China’s growing antibiotic resistance problem stems partially from the available of non-prescription antibiotics and the nation’s over-reliance on antibiotics to promote growth and control infections in livestock.
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