Antibiotic resistance is currently one of biggest threats to global health.
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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