There is an ancient problem in Italy that causes the death of 15,000 people a year, a number roughly equal to the population of a town like Alba Adriatica.
It's antibiotic resistance
It is caused by numerous bacteria and causes about thirty different diseases.
It is a silent epidemic for the spread of which Italy is second in Europe, behind only Greece.
The cause is excessive or incorrect use of antibiotics.
This favors the emergence of drug-resistant bacterial strains, ie super bacteria that do not respond to treatment and can lead to death.
Let's start from two data: in our country there is the highest use of antibiotics in Europe and in Italy there is no obligation to report antibiotic resistant infections, not even by hospitals where 65% of cases of these infections occur.
It is a problem that concerns doctors, pharmaceutical companies and health authorities.
According to Professor Evelina Tacconelli, professor of infectious diseases and director of infectious diseases at the University of Verona - who has come to hypothesize sanctions or even the closure of hospitals in which the infection alert threshold is exceeded - this silent epidemic could be eliminated in three years, if only one wanted to, through 4 steps: mandatory training of doctors, end of conflict of interest, mandatory surveillance in hospitals and checks.