First Global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system (GLASS) report

WHO’s Global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system was created in 2015 “to support global surveillance and research in order to strengthen the evidence base on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and help informing decision-making and drive national, regional, and global actions.” On 29 January 2018, they released their first report revealing high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections. For this report 40 countries, representing low- and high-income countries, provided information about their national surveillance systems and 22 countries also provided data on levels of antibiotic resistance.

Some of the most commonly resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by Salmonella spp. And, among those patients with suspected infection the proportion who were resistant to at least one of the most commonly used antibiotics reached as high as 82%. This is extremely worrying in the face of sepsis, and management of infections among women. Read the full report here.