Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

Japan: > 8,000 deaths related to drug-resistant bacteria in 2017

6 December, 2019

More than 8,000 people in Japan are estimated to have died due to two major antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 2017, a new research said. The first survey conducted on a national level regarding the number of fatalities revealed the serious impact of the bacteria, which are feared to be spreading fast as a result of the overuse of antibiotics on people and animals, and underscored the need for Japan to use the drugs more appropriately. The researchers the Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine collected data on patients with bacteremia caused by two commonly detected antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and fluoroquinolone-resistant salmonella. Using the data provided by medical institutions, the team estimated the annual number of deaths hovered around 7,400 and 8,100 between 2011 and 2017. By bacterium, MRSA deaths stood at 4,224 in 2017, although the number has been on the decline since 2011, and salmonella deaths were at 3,915, marking a continuous increase in the period. Every year, it is estimated that drug-resistant bacteria kill more than 35,000 people in the United States and some 33,000 in Europe.