Urgent efforts needed globally to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance, says WHO

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2205
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Antimicrobial resistance is becoming more dangerous and urgent efforts are needed worldwide to halt its spread, says a global action plan released by the World Health Organization.

The spread, says the agency, threatens the continued effectiveness of many drugs used to treat infectious diseases, from diarrhoea to respiratory infections, malaria, and tuberculosis.

“The message is loud and clear … The world is on the brink of losing these miracle cures … The emergence and spread of drug resistant pathogens has accelerated. More and more essential medicines are failing. The therapeutic arsenal is shrinking,” said Margaret Chan, WHO director general.

The agency has made antimicrobial resistance the theme of World Health Day (7 April) …

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