General Article Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): information and resources

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Antimicrobial resistance occurs when infections caused by microorganisms no longer respond to treatment.



Antimicrobial resistance is when infections caused by micro-organisms survive exposure to a drug that was supposed to kill them or stop their growth, this is a particular problem with antibiotic resistance. Many of the medical advances in recent years, for example organ transplantation and cancer chemotherapy, need antibiotics to prevent and treat the bacterial infections that can be caused by the treatment. Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high-risk procedures if serious infections can’t be treated.

Public Health England (PHE), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Health (DH) are leading the implementation of the UK five-year antimicrobial resistance strategy, published in September 2013. A High Level Steering Group has been set up to implement the strategy. The group is working ...

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