Global priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to guide research, discovery, and development of new antibiotics

by E. Tacconelli and N. Magrini, Y. Carmeli et al.
World Health Organization, February 2017

7 pp. 657 kB

The World Health Organization (WHO) published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines. The list highlights in particular the threat of gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. These bacteria have built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment and can pass along genetic material that allows other bacteria to become drug-resistant as well.

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