ECDC has published WHO’s first global report on surveillance f antimicrobial resistance with data from 114 countries. Excerpt:
‘Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance’ published by WHO today gives the most comprehensive picture of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries. The report examines the current status of surveillance and information on AMR, with a focus on antibacterial resistance at country level, worldwide.
It confirms that antibiotic resistance is no longer a potential but a current major threat to global public health, and that basic systems to monitor AMR show gaps or do not exist in many countries. Overall the findings of the report highlight the need for an intensified global effort to fight antibiotic resistance.
Read the full report: WHO’s Global Report on Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance
ECDC comment (30 April 2014): This is the first time that such a global report is produced. AMR data from EU Member States, Iceland and Norway were provided by ECDC to WHO. They were extracted from the databases of the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), the Food and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net) and the European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Susceptibility Programme (EURO-GASP).
ECDC considers AMR as a priority and will continue its efforts to provide information, analysis and advice to contribute to its prevention and control in Europe.