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Antimicrobial Resistance Global Health Emergency: UN

By 2050, some five million people could die each year in Asia alone due to resistance to antibiotic medicines or antimicrobials, according to UN agencies. Many antibiotics are no longer effective in fighting infections as those infections have built up resistance to the medication, United Nations news reported. Deaths due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could surpass annual cancer fatalities, a situation which the UN has called a global health emergency. The UN agencies, which include the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization and the UN Environment Program called for the more responsible use of antibiotics in humans, animals and agriculture at the opening of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) in Asia and the Pacific on Monday, 12 November. The main message of the awareness week this year is handle antibiotics with care, focusing on action plans to prevent infections in livestock, aquaculture and crop production while promoting good farming and food safety. – United News of India