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Antimicrobial Resistance

A closer look at antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Antibiotic resistance refers specifically to resistance to antibiotics occurring in common bacteria that cause infections. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a broader term, encompassing resistance to drugs that treat infections caused by a variety of microbes, such as parasites (e.g. malaria), viruses (e.g. influenza, COVID-19 and HIV) and fungi (e.g. Candida). Source: WHO

AMR accounts for an estimated 50,000 deaths annually in the U.S. and Europe. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates an annual global death toll from AMR of 700,000 worldwide. This figure is likely to increase to 10 million by 2050, surpassing cancer as the most prevalent cause of death. Without innovative solutions, modern treatments for organ transplants, advanced surgery and spinal therapy will all fail.

“Resistance has been identified across the world. New forms of resistance emerge and can spread with remarkable speed between continents through people, goods, and animals.”

Click Here to Read CDC Threat Report on AMR, 2019

ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE (AMR) - A GLOBAL CONCERN

Annual AMR deaths compared to other major causes of death

    Source: Review on Antimicrobial Resistance 2014. More about AMR here