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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 drug resistance.

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 resistant microorganisms and take prompt actions.

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