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WHO releases list of drug-resistant bacteria

“This is truly urgent,” Marie-Paule Kieny, PhD, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health systems and innovation, said in a press conference. While the list isn’t meant to scare people about new superbugs, Kieny explained, “It is intended to signal to the scientific community and the pharmaceutical industry the area they should focus on to address urgent public health threats.”


WHO priority pathogens list

Priority 1: Critical

Acinetobacter baumanni, carbapenem-resistant

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistant

Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant, ESBL-producing

Priority 2: High

Enterococcus faecium, vancomycin resistant

Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant, vancomycin-intermediate and resistant

Helicobacter pylori, clarithromycin-resistant

Campylobacter spp, fluoroquinolone-resistant

Salmonella, fluoroquinolone-resistant

Neisseria gonorrhea, cephalosporin-resistant, fluoroquinolone-resistant

Priority 3: Medium

Streptococcus pneumoniae, penicillin non-susceptible

Haemophilus influenzae, ampicillin-resistant

Shigella spp, fluoroquinolone-resistant



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