June, 29, 2016
TACKLING A GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the resistance of bacteria and other microbes to previously effective drugs, resulting mainly from the misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs. Drug resistance is threatening the ability to treat common infections1. Each year, antibiotic-resistant infections lead to 25,000 deaths in the European Union2 and 700,000 deaths worldwide3. If resistance is left unchecked, the death toll is predicted to rise to 10 million people per year by 2050 …
Global antibiotic consumption grew by 30% between 2000 and 2010 and in the EU, overall antibiotic consumption in the community and in hospitals increased between 2010 and 2014. In China and India, antibiotic pollution in rivers and waterways is leading to the proliferation of resistant bacteria, both locally and also worldwide through travel and trade.
Tackling a global public health crisis