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Antimicrobial resistance
Strategy adopts a One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance

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ANTIMICROBIAL resistance (AMR) is a global issue and cannot be eradicated, but a ‘multidisciplinary approach involving a wide range of partners’ will limit the risk of AMR and minimise its impact for health, now and in the future'. So say the UK's Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Sally Davies, and its Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, in their introduction to the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013-2018.

Produced following a report from the CMO in March this year, which described AMR as a ‘catastrophic threat’, the strategy was published by the Department of Health, Defra, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on September 10.

Calling on both the medical and veterinary worlds for action, the strategy highlights the value of a One Health approach, urging all parties to work together in tackling the issue. Emphasising the importance of such an approach, the report states: ‘Increasing scientific evidence suggests that the clinical issues with antimicrobial resistance that we face in human medicine are primarily the …

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