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The Growing Threat to Human Health: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Apr 5, 2017 9:43:00 AM

 

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) published their first list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens”. This is a list of the most concerning bacteria that pose the “greatest threat to human health”. This list is divided into three levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria based on their significance and potential impact to global health. The priority levels are listed as Priority 1 ‘Critical’, Priority 2 ‘High’ and Priority 3 ‘Medium’. Priority 1 (or ‘Critical’) is the most worrisome. It includes antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae (including Klebsiella, Escherichia coli, Serratia, and Proteus species). These antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacteria can cause serious infections, such as pneumonia and bloodstream infections, leading to significant morbidity and mortality.¹

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