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WHO calls for global monitoring of antimicrobial resistance

The World Health Organization has urged policymakers and public health managers to increase their efforts to track the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

In a report published on 29 April, the WHO says there is no widely agreed strategy on how to monitor the problem of drug resistance, making it increasingly difficult to treat common infectious diseases such as influenza, malaria and HIV.

“This is the single greatest challenge in infectious diseases today,” said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, in a press release.

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