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Antimicrobial Resistance Global Report on Surveillance



Subject Keywords: Antimicrobial resistance
Type: Report - research
Region: International (other)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. This report examines, for the first time, the current status of surveillance and information on AMR, in particular antibacterial resistance (ABR), at country level worldwide.  Key findings and public health implications of ABR are:
• Very high rates of resistance have been observed in
bacteria that cause common health-care associated
and community-acquired infections (e.g. urinary tract
infection, pneumonia) in all WHO regions.
• There are significant gaps in surveillance, and a
lack of standards for methodology, data sharing
and coordination.
Key findings from AMR surveillance in disease-specific
programmes are as follows:
• Although multidrug-resistant TB is a growing concern,
it is largely under-reported, compromising control
• Foci of artemisinin resistance in malaria have
been identified in a few countries. Further spread,
or emergence in other regions, of artemisininresistant
strains could jeopardize important recent
gains in malaria control.
• Increasing levels of transmitted anti-HIV drug
resistance have been detected among patients
starting antiretroviral treatment.




ISBN 978 92 4 156474 8

Rights: © World Health Organization
Suggested citation:

WHO. (2014) Antimicrobial Resistance Global Report on Surveillance [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st January 2020].


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