World Health Organization Speaks out about Antibiotic Resistance

The World Health Organization announced in a 256 page report on Antibiotic Resistance that if something isn’t done about the issue, then we are facing a “problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine.”

They go on to state that “Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. ”

The key findings, according to the document, are:

• Very high rates of resistance have been observed in bacteria that cause common health-care associated and community-acquired infections (e.g. urinary tract infection, pneumonia) in all WHO regions.

• There are significant gaps in surveillance, and a lack of standards for methodology, data sharing and coordination.

Key findings from AMR surveillance in disease-specific programmes are as follows:

• Although multidrug-resistant TB is a growing concern, it is largely under-reported, compromising control efforts.

• Foci of artemisinin resistance in malaria have been identified in a few countries. Further spread, or emergence in other regions, of artemisinin-

resistant strains could jeopardize important recent gains in malaria control.

• Increasing levels of transmitted anti-HIV drug resistance have been detected among patients starting antiretroviral treatment.

Download or read the full document here.


World Health Organization Warns of the End of the “Golden Age of Antibiotics”

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The past 30 years has seen no new types of antibiotics. Existing bacteria are rapidly becoming immune to the antibiotics presently available. Unless we can make a radical breakthrough in antibiotics the World Health Organization warns that “we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.

Influenza, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV are among the most threatening of diseases but at the present rate other diseases are certain to become more dangerous as well.

Read the WHO report and find out more as well as what can be done to help fight the problem.