In its analysis, the ECDC found that the consequences of diseases that caused resistant bacteria have worsened since 2007. In particular, the cases where the infection is resistant to the strongest antibiotics, such as carbapenems, known as "last resort" antibiotics, are particularly worrying.
"It's … it's disturbing because those antibiotics are the last treatment options," the 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 percent of the bacteria that cause infections are resistant to the antibiotics that are commonly used to treat these infections. The development of bacteria resistant to one or more drugs is one of the greatest threats currently facing medicine.
In its report, ECDC focused on five types of resistant bacteria infections in the EU and in the European Economic Area. According to their results, 75 percent of people are infected with these bacterial infections in hospitals or clinics.