Greece possesses the unenviable top spot in deaths related to antibiotic-resistant bacteria (20), according to a recent analysis by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The data revealed a worrying trend in antibiotic resistance mortality across 29 European nations between 2016 and 2020. Approximately 31,000 to 39,000 individuals succumbed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year during this period.

Italy, Romania, and Cyprus also stand out as the countries most severely affected by this crisis, witnessing annual mortality rates ranging from 10 to 20 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants (2016 to 2020).

In contrast, the Netherlands and Norway boast the lowest mortality rates on the continent, with a mere 2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

The study emphasizes the peril of excessive reliance on antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicine, contributing to the surge in bacterial resistance.

Greeks came in fourth in overconsumption of antibiotics, according to data from another ECDC study revealing they received 23.5 defined daily doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day in 2021 in the Eurozone.
Romanians (25.7), Cypriots (25.0), and Bulgarians (24.4) were the top three overusers, as indicated by the recent report indicated.