The WHO report reinforces and extends globally CDC’s call to action, Antibiotic Threats in the United States 2013. High rates of antibiotic resistance are present around the world. There already are parts of the world where half of some common infections do not respond to antibiotic treatments.
Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to global health security. In today’s world, drug-resistant pathogens cross national and continental boundaries at jet speed. No nation’s health is secure if any nation’s health is not secure.
Specific actions to be taken include assisting countries to bolster their capacity to identify and report resistance threats and establish an international communication system to rapidly share information on emerging and growing resistance problems. There is little time to waste.