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British doctors have identified 19 new deadly superbugs capable of killing up to 10 million people a year, according to the final report of the United Kingdom's National Health System.

Researchers are warning about the prospects for the spread of incurable infections due to a sharp increase in drug-resistant bacteria. The chief physician of England believes that the so-called “superbugs” can kill ten million people a year if decisive measures are not taken.

In the UK alone, about 5,000 deaths are recorded. This is due, according to researchers, to the excessive use of antibiotics. Recent alarming findings have been made as part of a new strategy to contain deadly infections. The Ministry of Health of England has developed a five-year plan aimed at combating "urgent threats." Already identified 20 new superbacteria, including mutated forms of Staphylococcus aureus, gonococcus and enterococcus. Bacteria can cause urinary tract and intestinal infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and kidney problems.

British doctors at a certain point in time were faced with the fact that patients did not react to drugs in any way - antibiotics of the last generation did not act on pathogens. This forced doctors to use unlicensed drugs, combine old drugs or increase doses in order to save the lives of their patients. All this caused a sharp increase in the number of superbugs.

The drugs available to doctors today work only against bacterial diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia, but they are useless against coughs, colds and sore throats caused by viruses, writes The Sun. In addition, over the past decade, 12 completely new diseases have been identified, including Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome and monkeypox.

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