Antibiotic Resistance: Implications for Global Health and Novel Intervention Strategies – Institute of Medicine – 7 September 2010

Posted on September 8, 2010. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

Antibiotic Resistance: Implications for Global Health and Novel Intervention Strategies – Institute of Medicine – 7 September 2010

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Type: Workshop Summary
Note: Workshop Summaries contain the opinion of the presenters, but do NOT reflect the conclusions of the IOM. Learn more about the differences between Workshop Summaries and Consensus Reports.

“For decades it seemed as if modern medicine had conquered many of the infectious diseases that once threatened human and animal health. But years of using, misusing, and overusing antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs have led to the emergence of multidrug-resistant “superbugs.” Some strains of bacteria and viruses are now resistant to all but a single drug, while others have no effective treatments at all.

The IOM’s Forum on Microbial Threats held a public workshop April 6-7 to discuss the nature and sources of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses and their implications for global health. Speakers explored the evolutionary, genetic, and ecological origins of antimicrobial drug resistance and its effects on human and animal health worldwide. Participants discussed the causes of drug resistance; strategies for extending the life of antimicrobial drugs; alternative approaches for treating infections; incentives and disincentives for prudent antimicrobial drug use; and prospects for the next generation of antimicrobial treatments. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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