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Global Health
June 18, 2019

UN: All-out Effort Needed to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

JAMA. 2019;321(23):2273. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7977

In a new report, the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group urges action against mounting resistance to antimicrobial agents that could lead to as many as 10 million deaths annually by 2050.

Some 700 000 global deaths now result each year from drug-resistant diseases, the report noted. About 35% of common human infections such as sexually transmitted diseases and infections of the urinary tract and respiratory system are resistant to currently used medicines. Although the threat affects countries of all income levels, some low- and middle-income countries are unduly affected, with resistance rates as high as 80% to 90%. The overuse of antibiotics and antifungals in humans and livestock is accelerating the crisis.