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What Is the Problem With Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?

What Is the Problem With Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?   ©The Earth & I
  • AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines.

  • Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials (antibiotics) are the main drivers in the development of drug-resistant pathogens.

  • The rate of resistance to ciprofloxacin, for example, an antibiotic commonly used to treat urinary tract infections, varied from 8.4% to 92.9% in reporting countries.

  • Poor sanitation and unclean drinking water are factors in the spread of microbes that are resistant to antimicrobials.

  • The WHO declared AMR to be one of the top ten health threats to humanity.

  • According to the WHO, the clinical pipeline has no new effective antimicrobials at this time.

  • The emergence of resistance to new ‘last resort’ TB drugs to treat drug-resistant TB poses a major threat.

Source: WHO


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