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10 facts on antimicrobial resistance

Laboratory technician prepares a sample for cholera testing, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Weak surveillance systems contribute to the spread of drug resistance

While surveillance for the emergence of drug resistant TB and HIV infection is improving, currently there are few well-established networks that regularly collect and report relevant data on drug resistance. Some countries lack laboratory facilities that can accurately identify resistant microorganisms. This impairs the ability to detect emergence of resistance and take prompt actions.

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