Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Heightened Resistance to Antibiotics within the European Union

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Heightened Resistance to Antibiotics within the European Union

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The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights antibiotic resistance as a 'major threat' to the European Union, with drug-resistant infections killing up to 25,000 people each year. Although the message is not new, the question we are now asking is whether the problem has reached a level where initial treatments are failing to control bacterial infections.

The 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015 endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial (including antibiotic) resistance. The WHO highlighted how this ubiquitous problem is compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and undermining medical advances. The primary goal of the action plan is to ensure successful, long-lasting treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with effective and safe medicines that are quality assured, and accessible to all who need them.

A simple, preventative measure to the spread of infectious diseases is good hand hygiene: one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce the spread of infection at home, in the workplace and in health care environments, providing a foundation for good health. …

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