"Infectious diseases are responsible for one out of every three deaths in the world. They are found here and they can affect all of us," explains Doctor Jordi Carratalà, Head of the Infectious Diseases Service at Bellvitge Hospital, who has presented data on the incidence and mortality of the group of diseases that La Marató will deal with. Among the most serious situations is sepsis, a generalised infection that causes ten deaths a day in Catalonia and has serious after-effects in those who survive. With regard to treatments, Carratalà explained that "resistance to antibiotics leads to complications in treatment, which the WHO describes as the most serious current health problem in the world." The situation could worsen to the point that in " 2050 there could be 10 million deaths a year from infections," a figure that would be higher than that of deaths from cancer. With this outlook, research on infectious diseases is a "worldwide priority " and must focus on three fields as Carratalà says: "creating more efficient preventive measures, developing rapid diagnostic tests and new antibiotics."
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