This week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
Get yourself updated with this useful short overview
on the rising global problem
of antimicrobial resistance by reading this
‘Factbox’ from Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Follow social media stories on this topic with these hashtags:
#AntibioticAwarenessWeek, #AntibioticResistance, #WAAW2017, #AMR
Excerpts from the Reuters Factbox article follow.
Rising levels of drug resistance is a serious threat not only to public health but also for food safety, food security and development of low and middle-income countries, experts say.
Here are some facts and figures about antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which experts fear will lead to dangerous superbug infections in people for which there are no medicine.
- Antimicrobials are drugs that destroy disease-causing pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. The most important antimicrobials are antibiotics, which treat bacterial infections.
- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when these pathogens evolve to adapt to the drugs, making them less effective.
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