Drug Resistance: Worse, And Still A Lot To Learn

Today starts a week of observances about antibiotic resistance: “Get Smart About Antibiotics” Week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, World Antibiotic Awareness Week, sponsored by the World Health Organization, European Antibiotic Awareness Day on Wednesday, and similar observances in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan—and to mark it, public health authorities are releasing new information about resistant bacteria.

The news is discouraging. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports that the incidence of highly drug-resistant bacteria is increasing, at the same time that use of the small number of drugs that can cure them is rising. And the WHO says a 12-country survey shows that large numbers of people still don’t understand

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