Antimicrobial resistance

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.

Antibiotic resistance in the European Region

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Crown Princess of Denmark advocates immunization and addressing antimicrobial resistance

Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark visited WHO/Europe on 19 April 2016 and held discussions with Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, to plan forthcoming collaboration.

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

16-22 November 2015

Key resource

Central 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.

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Data and statistics

25 000

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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