We all have a stake in the outcome of the battle against antimicrobial resistance. Everyone, from the global public health expert to the ordinary citizen, can play a role in reversing a dangerous trend in the balance of power between humans and pathogens.
Antimicrobial resistance has the potential to erase the astonishing gains made possible by the use of antibiotics over the past 70 years. According to a report from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, although the widespread availability and effectiveness of antibiotics has positively impacted surgery, care of premature infants, cancer chemotherapy, care of the critically ill, transplantation medicine, and even our ability to respond to bioterrorism and pandemics, that widespread availability along with misuse has resulted in antimicrobial resistant pathogens. This unintended consequence is already exacting a toll on both human health and wealth, as highlighted in a new UK report. The toll will skyrocket if … READ MORE >>READ MORE >>