Antimicrobial Resistance in Environment a Looming Crisis
A United Nations (UN) report has put new focus on the growing spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment. Several serious concerns flagged in the report, issued by the United Nations Environmental Programme, have now been echoed by leading South African scientists, Spotlight reports.
Antimicrobials - including antibiotics, antifungals, and antiseptics - are essential for reducing infectious diseases in humans, animals, and plants. But the UN agency reports that several of these treatments no longer work because of antimicrobial resistance.
The World Health Organization rates AMR in humans and animals to be one of the top ten threats to global health. Estimates suggest that by 2050, up to 10 million deaths could occur annually.
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