NEW YORK – Resistance to antibiotics is now a “global crisis,” according to a new report from the United Nations.
Researchers found that growing threat is increasing the risk of life-saving medical procedures and making common diseases nearly impossible to beat.
According to the report, each year drug-resistant diseases cause at least 700-thousand deaths around the world.
Researchers estimate that about 10 million people may die annually by 2030 because of diseases that should be stopped by anti-microbial medicines like antibiotics or anti-virals.
Experts said resistant infections can lead to extensive and expensive medical treatment and even death.
Misuse and overuse of existing anti-microbial agents in humans as well as animals and plants speed up the development and spread of resistance.
Experts said the study highlights the need to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock and other animals.
The report also emphasizes that our health is directly connected to the health of animals and the environment.
The CDC said six out of every 10 infectious diseases found in humans are spread from animals.