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COVID-19 worsened silent spread of antimicrobial resistance: WHO

01:59 AM Apr 27, 2024 IST | IANS
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New Delhi, Apr 26: Indiscriminate use of antibiotics during the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide may have worsened the "silent" spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to a report by the World Health Organisation on Friday.

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The WHO report found that about 75 per cent of patients were treated with antibiotics "just in case" they help, even though only 8 per cent of hospitalised patients with Covid required antibiotics to fight the bacterial co-infections.

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AMR is one of the top global public health and was directly responsible for about 1.27 million deaths and contributed to 4.95 million deaths worldwide in 2019.

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Antibiotic use soared during the Covid-19 pandemic. Between 2020 and 2022, it increased by 83 percent in the Eastern Mediterranean and the African Regions, while the Western Pacific Region accounted for a 33 percent rise, the global health body said.

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"The highest rate of antibiotic use was seen among patients with severe or critical Covid-19, with a global average of 81 per cent. In mild or moderate cases, there was a considerable variation across regions, with the highest use in the African Region (79 per cent)," the WHO report said.

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