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Save Antibiotics: a call for action of the World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR)

Abstract : Resistance to antibiotics has recently increased dramatically worldwide. The pipeline of new classes of antibiotics is dry for at least the next few years. Therefore antibiotic resistance represents one of the most problematic public health issues of our time. Treatment failures already happen in increasing numbers for common community-acquired infections, such as urinary tract infections or intra-abdominal infections. This is due in particular to Enterobacteriaceae harboring extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL). Enterobacteriaceae harboring carbapenemases are also highly prevalent in many countries. In the future, difficult surgical procedures, transplants, and other immunosuppressive therapies may become very risky. Resistance is mainly due to an excessive usage of antibiotics, in both humans and animals, and to cross-transmission of resistant bacteria. Action is urgently needed. Therefore, a World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR) was created in 2011. It includes healthcare professionals, consumers, health managers, and politicians. We present here the main measures proposed by the Alliance, as a result of a strong consensus between the different stakeholders, including general practitioners and veterinarians.
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Jean Carlet, Claude Rambaud, Céline Pulcini. Save Antibiotics: a call for action of the World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR). BMC Infectious Diseases, BioMed Central, 2014, 14 (1), pp.436. ⟨10.1186/1471-2334-14-436⟩. ⟨hal-01808828⟩

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