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Antimicrobial resistance
WHO calls for better surveillance of AMR in animals

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‘THERE are major gaps in surveillance and sharing of data on resistant bacteria that are transmitted through the food chain. Surveillance in food-producing animals, as for surveillance in humans, is hampered by lack of harmonised global standards and platforms for data sharing. A multisectoral approach is needed to contain ABR [antibiotic resistance] in food-producing animals and the food chain.’

So says the World Health Organization (WHO) in a report discussing global surveillance for antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report, which describes AMR as ‘a global health security threat’, was published on April 30. The WHO explains that it is ‘the first attempt by WHO to assemble the accessible information on national ABR surveillance and on ABR data for a set of common pathogenic bacteria, in order to present an analysis of the global situation as it appeared in 2013, together with an examination of the evidence base concerning the health and economic impact of ABR’. The WHO says that the information gathered highlights the strengths and weaknesses in both the collection of data and the …

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