I find this information very important because at this moment here in Venezuela we are going through a real health crisis, medication is scarce, knowing about resistance to different antibiotics help to recomend the right one from the start because at this time we can't waste anything. Working at a public hospital our patient usually come in dire state where getting right from the start is VERY IMPORTANT. THANK YOU!!!
WHO: Antibiotic Resistance a Major Public Health Threat Globally — Physician’s First Watch
WHO: Antibiotic Resistance a Major Public Health Threat Globally
By Kelly Young
Antibiotic resistance "has reached alarming levels in many parts of the world" and is now a major public health threat, according to a World Health Organization report.
The WHO surveyed member nations for antibiotic resistance in seven common bacteria. Among the findings:
Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae has spread to all areas of the world. In some nations, carbapenem antibiotics are ineffective in over 54% of patients.
Treatment failure with third-generation cephalosporins — the last-resort treatment for gonorrhea — has been confirmed in 36 countries, including Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, and the U.K.
In some countries, fluoroquinolones are ineffective for Escherichia coli-related urinary tract infections more than half the time.
The WHO says that proper surveillance to antimicrobial resistance is lacking in much of the world. It plans to develop tools and standards for tracking drug resistance, taking cues from its programs to fight malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV.