On 18 November 2020, to coincide with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, Public Health England (PHE) published the report of its surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance (ESPAUR) in England.
The report finds that, in 2019, there were an estimated 65,162 antimicrobial resistance (AMR) infections in England, an increase from 61,946 in 2018. The most common bloodstream infection remains Escherichia coli, rising 14% from 68.3 cases per 100,000 of the population in 2015, to 77.5 in 2019.
PHE is urging people to help tackle AMR by taking the advice of their doctor, pharmacist or nurse and only take antibiotics when needed.
Source: PHE, 18 November 2020