Introduction: Coordinated Global Action Is Needed to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance is a global dilemma that threatens the health and safety of populations in all countries of the world. Urgent actions are needed to be taken before it reaches a critical stage, when large numbers of people in communities cannot be treated for life-threatening infections due to lack of effective drugs. Although the threat is most imminent from antibacterial resistance to commonly used antibiotics for infections seen regularly in intensive care units and hospitals, it is more prevalent and widespread and involves a wide spectrum of microbes. This second edition of “Antimicrobial Resistance and Implications for the 21st Century” provides not only updates and advances since the original edition but provides a wider spectrum of topics in the issue. Although most chapters of this new edition address issues of common bacterial resistance, others provide up-to-date reviews on resistancetrends with viruses, including human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] and human herpes group of viruses.
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