Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial medicine to which it was previously sensitive. It develops when a microorganism mutates or acquires a resistance gene. Resistant organisms (including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and helminths) are able to withstand attack by antimicrobial medicines such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials, so that standard treatments become ineffective and infections persist and may spread to other people.About AMR
Top storyEvery infection prevented is an antibiotic treatment avoided
This year during World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), the WHO European Region focuses on the key role health-care workers and policy-makers can play in preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in health-care settings through effective infection prevention and control.
- Turkey takes strong action to reduce antibiotic consumption and resistance
- Every infection prevented is an antibiotic treatment avoided
- Day 3 highlights: “The health workforce is the beating heart of any health system”
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Key resourceCentral Asian and Eastern European Surveillance on Antimicrobial Resistance (CAESAR)
A joint initiative to survey, contain and prevent the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in the European Region.Read more
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PublicationsCentral Asian and Eastern European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance. Annual report 2017 More publications
Data and statistics
The number of people out of 400 000 who die every year in the European Region due to an infection with a resistant bacterial strain.
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