The United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City will devote Wednesdsay to discussing the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The High Level Meeting signals what a critical issue antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become.
In this preview interview with NPR, Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s special representative for antimicrobial resistance, doesn’t mince words. He equates the AMR threat and the loss of treatment for every day infections with the impact of HIV/AIDS or climate change.
“… Everywhere that we've looked, we feel that the levels of these untreatable or difficult to treat infections are high. That means we're going to see a lot of people die in the future.”
Ed. Note: Look for more AMR coverage this week including reporting from the UN meeting by GHN’s editor-in-chief Brian Simpson.