Kar, Avinash

Avinash Kar is a Staff Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

New World Health Organization Report: Antibiotic Resistance Getting Worse

By Avinash Kar

Natural Resources Defense Council

Last week brought yet another urgent warning from the healthcare community. The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday released a report, noting plainly that antibiotic resistance “is a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine.” The WHO states that “the report makes a clear case that resistance to common bacteria has reached alarming levels in many parts of the world and that in some settings, few, if any, of the available treatments options remain effective for common infections.” Scientists agree that both human and animal misuse of antibiotics is contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.