First Global Drug Resistance Overview Paints Grim Picture


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WHO asked its member states to provide information on resistance in nine microbe-drug combinations. Many countries provided information for fewer than five or said they had no national data available

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Uncharted territory. WHO asked its member states to provide information on resistance in nine microbe-drug combinations. Many countries provided information for fewer than five or said they had no national data available; white spots indicate countries that did not submit data at all.

The World Health Organization (WHO) presented its first-ever global attempt to assess the spread of drug resistance today—and the results are sobering. Antimicrobial resistance “threatens the achievements of modern medicine,” warns the study, which shows that high rates of resistance occur in most parts of the world.

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” wrote Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, in a press statement.

The study presents some data on drugs against influenza, HIV, tuberculosis…

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