First WHO data reveals high levels of antibiotic resistance worldwide

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The WHO has released surveillance data on antibiotic resistance for the first time, revealing high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both low- and high-income countries.

The WHO launched its Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) in October 2015 and today has reported the first data. Fifty two countries are enrolled in GLASS (25 high-income, 20 middle-income, 7 low-income), however, in this report 40 countries provided data on their surveillance systems with 22 providing additional data on antibiotic resistance. The report highlights a widespread occurrence of antimicrobial resistance among 500,000 individuals with suspected bacterial infections across these 22 countries.

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