The Rise of Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Drug-resistant strains of disease (aka "superbugs") have spread in recent years through hospitals, nursing homes, even locker rooms.

Modern medicine is built on the promise that antibiotics will clear away the bacteria that made everything from skin infections to surgery potentially lethal just a few generations ago. But drug-resistant strains of disease—“superbugs” in the headlines—have spread in recent years through hospitals, nursing homes, even locker rooms.

Left unchecked, that resistance could kill millions of people in the next few decades and stagger the world economy, according to models developed by research teams from RAND Europe and KPMG. Even their most optimistic scenario projects a worldwide loss of 11 million adults by 2050 because of antimicrobial resistance.

Read more at RAND: http://bit.ly/1Gl6P5Z