Global antibacterial resistance: The never-ending story

My recent publication Global antibacterial resistance: The never-ending story features the threat of multidrug-resistant pathogens that are spreading globally with unprecedented speed. According to their resistance epidemiology (based on major drivers favouring resistance), I highlighted three regions as high-impact resistance hot spots. In a globalised world, we all may be affected by potentially untreatable infectious diseases in the future.

Due to limited therapeutic options for the management of these difficult-to-treat pathogens an international panel of experts from Europe, the Americas and Asia discussed the issues of management of  infections caused by multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli in a consensus conference as part of the 13th Asia-Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infection. I organized the publication of the conference results based on the achieved consensus of the experts. Though important clinical evidence is scarce this publication will hopefully contribute to an improved management of these patients.

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