10 facts on antimicrobial resistance

March 2012

A hand holding antimalarial drugs
WHO/S. Hollyman

Many of the drug treatment breakthroughs of the last century could be lost through the spread of antimicrobial resistance. As a result, many infectious diseases may one day become uncontrollable and could rapidly spread throughout the world.

For World Health Day 2011 WHO is bringing attention to the urgent need to combat drug resistance by strengthening measures to address the threat.

This fact file describes the threat of drug resistance, some of its main causes, and how WHO is helping to lead the global response.

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