WHO Warns of Impending “Post-antibiotic Era”
May 7, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Health System
Citing a "major gap in knowledge" about the current threat level of antibiotic resistance in common bacteria, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an increase of surveillance and strategies to identify and combat antibiotic-resistant strains. WHO argues for "urgent, coordinated action" by health agencies in countries around the world to put in place consistent surveillance definitions and strategies modeled on those currently used for antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis and HIV. Similarly, it notes that resistance surveillance more consistently takes place for healthcare-associated infections, with a significant gap in community-associated infections.