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Drug-Resistant Infections Were More Deadly Than HIV in 2019

  • Antibiotic resistance caused 1.27 million deaths, study shows
  • Over half of fatalities were patients with common infections
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Resistance to antibiotics killed more people than HIV or malaria in 2019, as common infections that could previously be treated become impervious to existing cures.

Drug-resistant bacterial infections directly led to the death of 1.27 million people and played a part in almost 5 million fatalities in 2019, according to a global analysis published in The Lancet medical journal on Thursday.