• Kyodo, Staff Report

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Amid growing concern worldwide over antibiotic resistance, a research team said Thursday that more than 8,000 people nationwide are estimated to have died due to two major drug-resistant bacteria in 2017.

The first such survey conducted on a national level revealed the serious impact of the bacteria, which are feared to be spreading fast as a result of the overuse of antibiotics on people and animals, and underscored the need for Japan to use the drugs more appropriately, the team said.

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