ECDC study on attributable deaths and disability-adjusted life-years caused by infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria in the EU/EEA in 2015

13 November 2018

Article: 52/4505

A study developed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimates the burden of five types of infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria of public health concern in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA).

The burden of disease is measured in number of cases, attributable deaths and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). These estimates are based on 2015 data provided by the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net).

The study estimates that about 33,000 people die each year as a direct consequence of an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics and that the burden of these infections is comparable to that of influenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. It also explains that 75% of the burden of disease is due to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and that reducing this through adequate infection prevention and control measures, as well as antibiotic stewardship, could be an achievable goal in healthcare settings.

The study is available on the Lancet website

Source: ECDC, 6 November 2018