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
Top storyCrown 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 Week16-22 November 2015
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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
PublicationsCentral Asian and Eastern European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance. CAESAR Manual, Version 2, 2015 More publications
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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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