WHO Issues List Of 12 Bacteria That Pose Greatest Threat To Human Health.

March 01, 2017 10:54 AM | John Kulin (Administrator)

 The Washington Post (2/27) reports that the World Health Organization released its first list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” the 12 families of bacteria “that agency experts say pose the greatest threat to human health and kill millions of people every year.” The list is intended to help guide and prioritize research and development of new treatments.

        The New York Times (2/27, Subscription Publication) reports that many public health experts are concerned at “the rate at which new strains of drug-resistant bacteria have emerged in recent years” and “consider the new strains just as dangerous as emerging viruses like Zika or Ebola.” Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a similar report in 2014, CDC specialist Dr. Jean B. Patel says there are some differences, such as the fact that the WHO list focuses more on fatal infections, while the CDC put more emphasis on the difficulty to treat the infection.

        The AP (2/27) points out that “at the top of WHO’s list is Acinetobacter baumannii, a group of bacteria that cause a range of diseases from pneumonia to blood or wound infections.”

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