Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi are evolving to outsmart the drugs used to kill them. Without action, we risk entering an era where routine medical interventions could become life-threatening.

Scientists call this process antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Although AMR is a naturally occurring phenomenon, the way we are using these drugs is making it worse.

If nothing is done, modern medicine could enter a post-antibiotic era where routine medical interventions become life-threatening, and life-saving treatments become useless.

Tackling AMR requires collaboration among those responsible for managing risks to the health of humans, animals and the environment. This is called the One Health approach.

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