In its analysis, the ECDC found that the effects of diseases that cause resistant bacteria have worsened since 2007. Specifically, cases where infection is resistant to stronger antibiotics such as carbapenems, known as "last-use" antibiotics, are particularly worrying.
"It's … it's annoying because these antibiotics are the latest treatment options," ECDC said in a statement. "If these drugs are no longer effective, it will be extremely difficult or in many cases impossible to cure," the Center added.
Health professionals estimate that about 70% of bacteria that can cause infections are resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat these infections. The development of bacteria that are resistant to one or more drugs is one of the greatest threats currently faced by medicine.
In its report, ECDC focused on five types of resistant bacteria in the EU and the European Economic Area. According to its results, 75% of people are infected with these bacterial infections in hospitals or clinics.