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 storyAntimicrobial stewardship course now available in French
More than 25 000 people have taken the massive open online course “Antimicrobial stewardship: a competency-based approach” since January 2018. Now, for the first time, the course will be available in French.
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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. Annual report 2018 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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