Antibiotic resistance poses 'alarming' health threat in Europe

More and more infections in Europe are proving able to evade even the most powerful, last-resort antibiotics, posing an alarming threat to patient safety in the region, health officials said on Monday.

Releasing annual data on antibiotic resistant superbugs, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said bacterial infections resistant to carbapenems — a major last-line class of antibiotics used to treat hospital-acquired superbugs — are ever more common in the European Union.