CNN – In a new study from the United Kingdom, super bugs that carry drug-resistant forms of diseases, like malaria and tuberculosis, are growing rapidly.
According to Jim O’Neil, an economist who lead the study, these bugs claim the lives of around 700,000 people per year, but that number is expected to jump to 10 million by 2050.
O’Neil also said that the economic impact to health care could increase upwards to 100 trillion.
Over-prescribing antibiotics can contribute to these problems as well O’Neil said, but that poor countries within Asia and Africa will be most at risk.
Ultimately, O’Neil thinks people in developed and underdeveloped countries need to be on the same page and make a collective effort towards fixing these problems.