Antimicrobial resistance: a growing crisis
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Antimicrobial resistance: a growing crisis

Yaso Shan Medical writer, Vinings Natural Health Centre, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

As this public health threat becomes an increasingly worrying global problem, Yaso Shan explores the need for a coherent and international action plan to minimise infections

Infectious diseases account for a substantial proportion of deaths worldwide. Much of the progress made recently in treating these infections is now threatened by a growing number of microbes that are becoming resistant to drugs once effective in combating them. The decreasing effectiveness of antimicrobials (antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasites) is a growing global public health concern. Multi-drug resistance and gram-negative bacterial resistance are particular concerns. But global taskforce objectives are encouraging, as are guidelines that seek to limit the use and prescribing of antimicrobials, especially antibiotics. Bacteriophage therapy and traditional plant-based medicines offer further scope in tackling what is predicted to be one of the biggest medical challenges of the 21st century.

Primary Health Care. 26, 1,18-24. doi: 10.7748/phc.26.1.18.s27

Correspondence

yaso_shan@tiscali.co.uk

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 31 July 2015

Accepted: 14 September 2015