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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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