"The effect is similar to the cumulative effect of influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV at that time," the study authors write.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria were responsible for the deaths of 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, according to calculations by European researchers published Tuesday in the journal Infectious Diseases.
The researchers developed a model for five types of infections based on data from the European EARS network (the European antimicrobial protection network).
For 2015, they calculated the number of infected people at 671,689 and the number of deaths attributed to multidrug resistant bacteria at 33,110.
The effect is "similar to the cumulative effect of influenza, tuberculosis and AIDS" at the time, according to the authors.
Most deaths affect children under the age of 12 and over the age of 65. The effect in terms of higher mortality in Italy and Greece (the first one concentrates more than a third of deaths), according to the study.
The medical sector is constantly warning against the danger of excessive or inappropriate consumption of antibiotics, which makes the bacteria resistant to them.
The Australian team stressed in September the dangerous spread of bacteria resistant to all existing drugs, Staphylococcus epidermidis, which can cause serious diseases and even death, and is associated with stearic aureus resistant stearic (mRSA) stethylococcusus.
Of the 671,689 infections caused by resistance-resistant bacteria, in 2015, about two-thirds were infected in the hospital.
"The urgency of considering antibiotic resistance as a vital health fact" and "the need to develop alternative therapies for patients with other diseases is more vulnerable because of the weakening of their immune defenses or age."