Antimicrobials are treatments designed to kill microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, or protozoa that cause infections.
AMR is the ability of microorganisms to become “superbugs” and nullify the effects of antimicrobial drugs. This results in these drugs becoming ineffective.
Your body cannot become resistant to antimicrobials. It is the microorganisms that can become resistant to the drugs.
Learn more about resistance rates around the world (and in your community) with an interactive collection of charts and maps that summarize national and subnational data on antimicrobial use and resistance worldwide.
The environment receives antibiotics through a combination of direct application, as well as indirect release through pharmaceutical manufacturing, sewage and animal manure.
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