Seizing the moment: now is the time for integrated global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in wastewater environments

  16 October 2021

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing global health threat that requires coordinated action across One Health sectors (humans, animals, environment) to stem its spread. Environmental surveillance of AMR is largely behind the curve in current One Health surveillance programs, but recent momentum in the establishment of infrastructure for monitoring of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in sewage provides an impetus for analogous AMR monitoring. Simultaneous advances in research have identified striking trends in various AMR measures in wastewater and other impacted environments across global transects. Methodologies for tracking AMR, including metagenomics, are rapidly advancing, but need to be standardized and made modular for access by LMICs, while also developing systems for sample archiving and data sharing. Such efforts will help optimize effective global AMR policy.

Author(s): Amy Pruden, Peter J Vikesland, Benjamin C Davis, Ana Maria de Roda Husman
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