FAO outlines plans to address antimicrobial resistance threat
The Food and Agriculture Organisations (FAO) has outlined a five year action plan to address the threat of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in West Africa.
Antimicrobial resistance arises when organisms that cause infection evolve ways to survive treatment. Once standard treatments are ineffective, it is easier for infections to persist and spread. These resistant organisms are found in people, animals, food and the environment.
Although according to experts, resistance occurs naturally, the inappropriate use of anti-infectives and antimicrobials in both human and animal medicine, in plants and crops and unintentional exposure, for example through environmental contamination and food, is rapidly accelerating the pace at which it develops and spreads.
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