New Antimicrobial Resistance Superbugs Could Impact 4.75m in Asia

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Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a pressing global health concern highlighted by the 2014 UK Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. Tengku Dr. Zetty Maztura Tengku Jamaluddin, Head of the Infection Control Unit at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Hospital UPM, warns that it could impact a staggering 4.75 million people in Asia alone.


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AMR encompasses the ability of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites to evolve and resist drugs or antimicrobial agents that were once effective. This phenomenon disrupts treatment efficacy, prolongs hospital stays, and elevates mortality rates. As a medical lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Zetty emphasizes the urgent need for global action to combat these superbugs.

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