The U.N. health agency will conduct a study to determine whether antibiotics are causing serious health problems in the United States, including more than 1.4 million deaths since 2000.
Dr. Jonathan Gold, the chief of the U.T. Higgins Clinical Research Unit in London, is leading the research and said it could take months to complete.
The U.K. has recorded a similar number of deaths in recent years, while the U,N.
reported more than 2.4million in 2016, a higher number than in any other year.
Gold said the U of T study is important because the U has been using antibiotics for more than a decade without the approval of the World Health Organization.
He said the number of cases is so large that it would be “unwise” to assume that the disease burden is the result of the new antibiotics.
Gold has previously warned that antibiotic resistance could soon spread in the U., and he has urged the public to take precautions.
He pointed to the recent outbreak in the UK that killed 11 people and sickened nearly 2,000.
He said the UK case is similar to the UK’s previous peak of more than 40,000 cases in 2008.
The study will involve analyzing samples of urine from about 200 people who had taken antibiotics and will compare the bacteria to that of a control group.
Gold and other researchers have been conducting research on the bacteria in the urine samples for more the past year.
They are hoping the study will be completed in time for the UGHC conference in February.