Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most serious threats to both human and animal health across the world. If we cannot develop new drugs that can treat the infections caused by resistant organisms, by the year 2050 we can expect about 10 million deaths per year, worldwide, from drug-resistant infections.
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Antimicrobial resistance happens when microbes evolve and are able to resist the very medicines designed to fight and kill them. As a result the medicines (eg antibiotics) become ineffective, and infections in animals and humans become much harder to treat.
If antimicrobial resistance continues increasing at the current rate, many antibiotics will not work and even routine medical practices could become more risky.