A new study out of the United Kingdom claims that if no action is taken, by 2050 an additional 10 million people per year worldwide will die from drug-resistant infections, and the total economic cost of inaction would be around $100 trillion.
The study, commissioned by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, says that antibiotic-resistant bacteria causes at least 50,000 deaths in the U.S. and Europe each year. Left unchecked, that number would rise to at least half a million people by 2050. The study also says that the impact of these superbugs would be most felt in Africa and Asia.
"In Nigeria, by 2050, more than one in four deaths would be attributable to drug resistant infections, while India would see an additional two million lives lost every year," said economist Jim O'Neill, who conducted the study.