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WHO Data Show Antimicrobial Resistance Growing Among Common Bacteria In Both High-, Low-Income Countries

Intellectual Property Watch: WHO Antibiotic Resistance Data Show Worrying Trend; Industry Ready To Help
“[Monday], the World Health Organization released its first set of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance. The data show that resistance to antibiotics is growing among the world’s most common bacteria, in both high- and low-income countries. Industry announced that it is in the process of making its surveillance data available…” (Saez, 1/29).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency finds high levels of antibiotic resistance to world’s most common infections
“… ‘The report confirms the serious situation of antibiotic resistance worldwide,’ Dr. Marc Sprenger, director of WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance Secretariat, said at the launch of the agency’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS). The most commonly reported resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by Salmonella spp…” (1/29).

VOA News: Global Public Health Threatened by Growing Antibiotic Resistance
“…The World Health Organization is encouraging all countries to set up good surveillance systems for detecting drug resistance. This, it says, will provide needed information to tackle what it calls one of the biggest threats to global public health. If drug resistance is not successfully tackled, [World Health Organization Spokesman Christian Lindmeier] warns the world could return to the dangerous days before penicillin was invented…” (Schlein, 1/29).

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