In its analysis, ECDC has found that the results of diseases causing resistant bacteria have deteriorated since 2007. In particular, situations in which the infection is resistant to the most potent antibiotics, such as carbapenems known as "last resort" antibiotics, are particularly alarming.
ECDC said in a statement, "This is … irritating because these antibiotics are the last treatment options." "If these drugs are no longer effective, it will be extremely difficult or impossible to treat in many cases."
Health professionals estimate that approximately 70 percent of bacteria that can cause infections are resistant to commonly used antibiotics to treat these infections. The development of bacteria that are resistant to one or more drugs is currently one of the biggest threats to drugs.
In its report, ECDC focused on five types of infections causing resistant bacteria in the EU and the European Economic Area. According to their results, 75 percent of people are infected with these bacterial infections in hospitals or clinics.