The latest edition of an annual report petitioned by the British government suggests that by 2050, superbugs will kill someone worldwide every three seconds if policy makers and advocacy groups don’t take action, the BBC reported.
Superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, have become a growing problem that too few people may be aware of, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO survey results released in November 2015 suggested that 64 percent of those asked wrongly believed that penicillin-based drugs and other antibiotics can treat cold and flu, despite the fact such medicines don’t impact viruses. Plus, around a third of people thought they should stop taking antibiotics when they feel better—instead of taking the full round of their prescribed treatment.
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