New report shows antimicrobial resistance remains a serious threat

Public Health England (PHE) has published an antimicrobial resistance (AMR) report which shows AMR remains a serious threat to people’s health.

The report finds that there were an estimated 65,162 infections diagnosed in 2019, up from 61,946 in 2018 and 178 AMR infections are diagnosed each day.

E.coli remains the most common bloodstream infection, rising 14% from 68.3 cases per 100,000 population in 2015 to 77.5 in 2019. The continuing rise in AMR bloodstream infections is highlighted as a concern.

The report finds antibiotic consumption continues to fall year-on-year, driven by decreases in their use in general practice and the dental sector, and hospitals and other community settings have seen a rise in antibiotic prescribing.

PHE urges people to help tackle AMR through the responsible use of prescribed antibiotics.

Isabel Oliver, Director of National Infection Service at PHE, said:

“We want the public to join us in tackling AMR – listen to your GP, pharmacist or nurse’s advice and only take antibiotics when necessary. It’s worrying that more infections are becoming resistant to these life-saving medicines. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can have grave consequences for you and your family’s health, now and in the future.”

For more information, please read the press release.

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Published on 20. November 2020 in News, News UK, Press Release