WHO lists 12 drug-resistant bacteria in need of new antibiotics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a list of drug-resistant bacteria that need new antibiotics.

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The list is broken into three separate categories including critical, high, and medium priority.

The critical list includes Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, E. coli, Serratia, and Proteus.  WHO says these have become resistant to some of the best available drugs including including carbapenems and third generation cephalosporins.

The high list has  Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Helicobacter pylori, Campylobacter spp., Salmonellae, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

The medium list includes Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Shigella spp.

WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation Marie-Paule Kieny:

Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options. If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time.

The fear of a post antibiotic world is growing and a lot of it is due to people engaging in excessive use of antibiotics.

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