10 facts on antimicrobial resistance
Updated April 2014
Many of the medical breakthroughs of the last century could be lost through the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Previously curable infectious diseases may become untreatable and spread throughout the world. This has already started to happen.
The report “Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance 2014” shows that antimicrobial resistance is everywhere and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
This fact file describes the threat of drug resistance, some of its main causes, and how WHO is helping to lead the global response.