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Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

A One Health Approach to a Global Threat: Proceedings of a Workshop

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Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-46652-3ISBN-10: 0-309-46652-0

As of 2017, the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance continues unabated around the world, leaving devastating health and economic outcomes in its wake. Those consequences will multiply if collaborative global action is not taken to address the spread of resistance. Major drivers of antimicrobial resistance in humans have been accelerated by inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing in health care practices; the inappropriate use of antimicrobials in livestock; and the promulgation of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment.

To explore the issue of antimicrobial resistance, the Forum of Microbial Threats planned a public workshop. Participants explored issues of antimicrobial resistance through the lens of One Health, which is a collaborative approach of multiple disciplines—working locally, nationally, and globally—for strengthening systems to counter infectious diseases and related issues that threaten human, animal, and environmental health, with an end point of improving global health and achieving gains in development. They also discussed immediate and short-term actions and research needs that will have the greatest effect on reducing antimicrobial resistance, while taking into account the complexities of bridging different sectors and disciplines to address this global threat. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.


Rapporteurs: Anna Nicholson, V. Ayano Ogawa, and Ceci Mundaca-Shah.

This activity was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (#10001249); U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (#10002642); U.S. Department of Homeland Security (#10003591); U.S. Department of Justice: Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/National Institutes of Health (#10003226), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (#10003626), and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (#10002125); and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (#10003353); and by the American Society for Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Johnson & Johnson (#10003710), Sanofi Pasteur, and Skoll Global Threats Fund (#1003664). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.

Suggested citation:

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Combating antimicrobial resistance: A One Health approach to a global threat: Proceedings of a workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.17226/24914.

Copyright 2017 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Bookshelf ID: NBK469819PMID: 29227604DOI: 10.17226/24914


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