Publication details Number of pages: 42Publication date: 29 April 2015Languages: EnglishISBN: 978 92 4 156494 6WHO reference number:WHO/HSE/PED/AIP/2015.1

A world where routine surgeries are high-risk once again, and organ transplants, bowel surgery and some cancer treatments are too dangerous, could become reality in the UK given the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

Travel is fueling the spread of multidrug-resistant Shigella around the world, and the highly contagious bacterial infection caused several outbreaks over the past year in the US, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Scientists are looking to medieval medicine in hopes of treating MRSA, the highly antibiotic-resistant superbug. UK researchers, following a recipe for an eye salve treatment from the 10th century "Balds Leechbook" text, found that the concoction proved effective against…

Developing countries are pumping livestock full of antibiotics at startling rates, according to the first study of global trends. The fear: a rise in superbugs. Antibiotic use in animals worldwide is expected to surge by 2/3 between 2010 and 2030, write Princeton…

With few child-friendly treatments, more than half a million children who get sick with TB each year face a greater risk of dying. It’s also harder to detect TB in children, as TB’s telltale symptoms in adults—coughing, night sweats and blood in the phlegm or spit—are not…

Antibiotic-resistant infections are steadily spreading and could soon eclipse all other major global health challenges—but there’s still time to turn the tide, blogs Beth P. Bell, director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC.…