It is estimated that at least 700 000 people die every year from the infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. If no action is taken this death toll may reach 10 million a year by 2050. This is more than the number of people currently dying from road traffic accidents and cancer combined.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, meaning infections persist and may spread to others.
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